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Monday, September 12, 2011
Difficult to gauge Tramon Williams' status

By Kevin Seifert

As you know, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has alleviated the worst of concerns regarding cornerback Tramon Williams' right shoulder injury last week. But does that mean Williams will play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers? I wouldn't necessarily assume so.

Coach Mike McCarthy was pretty tight-lipped about Williams' condition during a news conference Monday, saying he would address the situation Wednesday. That might mean nothing, considering the Packers aren't required to divulge any injury information Monday. But it's also likely McCarthy would prefer to keep the Carolina Panthers guessing for as long as possible after quarterback Cam Newton threw for 422 yards in his debut Sunday.

The Packers have a pretty good nickel back in Sam Shields who would presumably step into Williams' role, but that would move up everyone else on their depth chart as well. Either Jarrett Bush and/or Pat Lee would play a prominent role in the Packers' nickel defense. We'll have more for you on Wednesday.

Related: ESPN.com's Gene Wojciechowski covered Newton's debut Sunday, writing it was a "revelation."