Practice report: James Jones absent

October, 16, 2013
10/16/13
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones was not able to practice on Wednesday after a knee injury took him out against the Baltimore Ravens.

On Monday, coach Mike McCarthy said there was a chance Jones could be ready for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

Without Jones and Randall Cobb, who on Tuesday was placed on injured reserve with the possibility of returning later in the season because of the fractured fibula he sustained against the Ravens, the Packers had only three available receivers at practice – Jordy Nelson, Jarrett Boykin and Myles White (who was promoted from the practice squad to replace Cobb on the roster). They also signed rookie receiver Tyrone Walker to the practice squad on Wednesday. Walker had been with the Packers during the preseason.

Perhaps more problematic was the situation at outside linebacker, where Mike Neal was an unexpected scratch from practice. It wasn’t immediately known what kept him out. Neal was in attendance but did not participate. With Nick Perry (foot) and Clay Matthews (thumb) both out, it left the Packers with only two outside linebackers at practice -- rookies Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer.

Others who did not practice were: running back James Starks (knee), linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring) and tight end Ryan Taylor (knee).

The full injury report will be available later Wednesday afternoon.

In another interesting development, tackle Derek Sherrod practiced for the first time in nearly 22 months. He has not played since he broke his right leg on Dec. 18, 2011. He started the season on the physically unable to perform list. Players on PUP were eligible to begin practicing this week. The Packers have three weeks to decide whether to activate Sherrod. The other three players on PUP -- defensive end Jerel Worthy (knee), safety Sean Richardson (neck) and tackle JC Tretter -- did not practice. Their three-week window opens as soon as they begin practicing.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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