No suprises on Packers' injury report before playoff gameWisconsin Sports
-- There were no surprises in the Green Bay Packers’ official injury report for tomorrow night’s NFC divisional playoff game at San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO - There were no surprises in the Green Bay Packers’ official injury report for tomorrow night’s NFC divisional playoff game at San Francisco.
Receiver Jarrett Boykin is listed as being out with an ankle injury, and defensive end Jerel Worthy is out with an injured knee. Several other Packers are listed as probable, and they’re expected to play against the 49’ers. They include receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, running backs James Starks and Alex Green, tight end Jermichael Finley, and linebackers Clay Matthews and Dezman Moses. The 49’ers’ injury report was due out later this afternoon. The only real question was whether defensive end Justin Smith would play. He’s been trying to get over a torn triceps muscle – and coach Jim Harbaugh expects Smith to play.
Packers’ outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene has been named a finalist again for the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame. Greene was chosen as one of 15 finalists from the NFL’s modern-era. He’s been with the Packer coaching staff since 2009, but his claim-to-fame is from his playing days. Greene is the career NFL leader in sacks by a linebacker with 160. He played for 14 seasons with the former Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina, and San Francisco. Also, former Packers’ linebacker Dave Robinson is one of two senior candidates being considered for enshrinement. A selection committee will announce the 2013 Hall-of-Fame inductees on the Saturday before the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
The Green Bay Packers used an efficient no-huddle offense last week to beat Minnesota. And tight end Jermichael Finley says we’ll probably see a lot more of it tomorrow night, when the Packers play at San Francisco in their second-round NFC playoff contest. Green Bay scored on four of its first six drives in the Wild Card victory over the Vikings – and then they slowed the offense down with the score at 24-3 at that point. Finley says quote, “every shot should be a body shot” in the no-huddle, with the goal of wearing the opponent down. And he said it will be exciting to see. The Packers are also hoping the Niners come out a bit rusty after 13 days without a game. Finley says an up-tempo game could tire out the 49’ers. Tackle Marshall Newhouse says the Packers can speed up the tempo as fast as it wants at times – and they can slow things down when they need to. The winner of tomorrow night’s game will play either Seattle or Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game on January 20th.
Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he caught the flu-type bug that’s been going around the locker room over the last few weeks. But on his Milwaukee radio show yesterday, Rodgers said he felt a lot better than he did on Tuesday – and he expects to be ready for the 49’ers tomorrow night in their divisional playoff contest in San Francisco. Rodgers said he didn’t get as sick as some of his teammates. Receiver Randall Cobb was sent home on Tuesday when he showed up for practice under the weather. Rodgers said he has good medicine, and he’s not worried about being sick for the 49’er game.