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Injury report: All rookie backups at LB

10/11/2013

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The only backup linebackers the Green Bay Packers will have available for Sunday’s game at the Baltimore Ravens are a trio of unheralded rookies.

And even they aren't completely healthy.

Rookie Sam Barrington, a seventh-round draft pick and the only available backup for inside linebackers A.J. Hawk and Jamari Lattimore, did not practice on Friday because of a hip injury but was listed as probable.

The Packers lost two inside linebackers in Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions. Starter Brad Jones (hamstring) was ruled out this week and his backup, Robert Francois, sustained a season-ending torn Achilles’ tendon.

On the outside, undrafted rookie Andy Mulumba and rookie sixth-round draft pick Nate Palmer will be the only backups for starters Mike Neal and Nick Perry, one of whom will start in place of Clay Matthews (thumb). Mulumba practiced on Friday for the first time this week after sustaining an ankle injury against the Lions, while Palmer has played in only one of the first four games and saw action only on special teams.

“It’s amazing, the way this business has gone, because it seems like every week it’s a new combination,” Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said Friday. “About the time you feel good you think, ‘Well, let’s get this group together and we can kind of get ’em going, we can get a little momentum,’ but it’s not the way it works. We’ve had that happen a lot around here since I’ve been here.”

Cornerback Casey Hayward, who has yet to play this season because of a hamstring injury, practiced for the second straight day but was ruled out again.

“I think Casey is further ahead this week than he was last week, but he’s not ready to go,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “We’ll do the testing process Monday and Tuesday like we normally do, and then we’ll see where he is as we prepare for Wednesday’s practice.”

Here’s the full injury report:

Probable: LB Sam Barrington (hip, did not practice), LB Andy Mulumba (ankle, limited participation), DT Ryan Pickett (hand, full participation)

Questionable: CB Jarrett Bush (hamstring, limited participation)

Out: CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), LB Brad Jones (hamstring), LB Clay Matthews (thumb), RB James Starks (knee), G/C Greg Van Roten (foot)