NFL Nation: C.J. Wilson

The most poignant Oakland Raiders plea leading up to the new league year last month?

No doubt it was Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece saying the weekend before free agency began that he wanted general manager Reggie McKenzie to make “Raider-ass moves” in signing players. As in, bold moves.

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So, after signing 12 free agents, acquiring a new quarterback in Matt Schaub and jettisoning QB Terrelle Pryor, does Reece, the new voice of the Raiders, think McKenzie has followed through on his, ahem, advice?

“I do feel he did that,” Reece said Tuesday, the first day of voluntary offseason workouts for the Raiders.

“We weren’t looking for any saviors to come here and get in this locker room. We were looking for help. We were looking for help to bring this tradition, the winning attitude and a championship pedigree back to this organization and to the locker room and I think we did that.”

Consider: Defensive end Justin Tuck, offensive lineman Kevin Boothe, linebacker LaMarr Woodley, defensive lineman C.J. Wilson and receiver James Jones are toting a combined seven Super Bowl rings to Oakland from their time with the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.

Surely that has to rub off on the Raiders, no? That’s the plan.

“Like I said, it’s a certain stature and pedigree that you have, only by winning a championship,” Reece said. “Things that even leaders like myself don’t have yet. I haven’t been able to experience the playoffs or a championship, and when guys like Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley, when you bring guys like that in here, especially on the defensive side of the ball, it really helps. It brings a different aspect of leadership into a locker room and into a team.”

Reece served as a recruiter for the Raiders and said left tackle Donald Penn told him Tuesday he was “tired of me texting him two or three times a day” before he eventually signed.

“Obviously, we lost out on a few guys that we wanted to keep,” Reece said, likely referring to left tackle Jared Veldheer, defensive end Lamarr Houston and running back Rashad Jennings. “But I think other than that, we were fairly successful.”

As was the turnout for the first day of workouts, even if there was no official tally.

“Very close to 100 percent,” Reece said. “A couple of guys that aren’t here, I know why they’re not here and when they’re going to show up. There’s always things that come up, it’s life. It is 100 percent in my eyes. It means a lot to me, especially the veteran guys.”

And Reece’s thoughts on Pryor being traded a day earlier to the Seattle Seahawks?

“Nothing surprises me at this point in time in my career,” Reece said. “I’ve seen a lot happen in my seven years here in the organization. Nothing surprises me. As a team, we just wish him the best and thank him for what he did here and wish him the best.”

Raiders add DL C.J. Wilson

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The Oakland Raiders have addressed the need for depth on the defensive line by signing free agent C.J. Wilson, the team announced Friday afternoon.

The 6-foot-3, 306-pound Wilson, who turns 27 on Sunday, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2010 out of East Carolina. In four seasons, he has played in 50 games, starting 11, and has 3 sacks.

"It feels great to be a Raider," Wilson said in a team-issued release. "I’m excited to help the team win and ready to come make some noise."

He was limited to eight games last season -- he missed three games with an ankle injury but was a healthy scratch the other times -- after having a breakthrough 2012, in which he appeared in 11 games, seven starts, and had 37 tackles (18 solo), with 2 sacks and a pass defensed.

Wilson also stepped up as a rookie during the Packers' four-game playoff run to the Super Bowl XLV title.

With the Raiders, Wilson is expected to be versatile enough to play both end and inside, though primarily as a run-stuffer on first and second downs.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Sometimes, NFL players outperform their contracts.

Without tearing up those deals, there is a way for players who fit that description to earn more money. It’s called the NFL's performance-based pay distribution in which each team can allot a total of $3.46 million in additional play to its players.

It typically benefits players in their first NFL contracts or minimum-salaried free-agent signings who become key contributors.

For example, Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari, a fourth-round pick with a base salary of $405,000 last year, will receive an additional $256,882.22 in performance-based pay, according to documents obtained by ESPN.com. Bakhtiari started every game last season as a rookie. He received the largest pay increases among Packers' players. According to the NFL, those payments will be made on April 1, 2016.

The smallest distribution to a Packers' player went to backup tackle Derek Sherrod, who will receive $2,154.55. He was active for seven games but only took six snaps on offense all season.

Here’s a list of the top-10 and bottom-10 performance-based bonuses on the Packers’ roster:

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Of the 17 Green Bay Packers players scheduled to be unrestricted free agents next month, only two might demand what would be considered blockbuster contracts.

If general manager Ted Thompson can keep only one of them, should he re-sign defensive tackle B.J. Raji or cornerback Sam Shields?

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Raji
Raji reportedly turned down an $8 million per year offer last season. Shields likely is looking for something similar.

On Tuesday's edition of NFL Insiders on ESPN, former St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney offered his opinion on which one he would re-sign.

“I'm sure Green Bay's working hard trying to figure out a way to keep both of these guys, but to me, keeping the corner that has speed and can cover over a defensive tackle that is pretty much just a guy, that's a no-brainer,” Devaney said. “You've got to keep the corner.”

Three years ago, no one would have called Raji “just a guy.” He was coming off a 2010 season in which he posted 6.5 sacks in the regular season plus one more in the playoffs. He also returned an interception for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game.

But since then, he has recorded just three sacks (all in 2011).

“Green Bay does have problems along the defensive line,” Devaney added. “Raji is a free agent. Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly and C.J. [Wilson] are all free agents, so they need to do something to address that defensive line.”

Meanwhile, Shields is coming off his best season, and at age 26 he is still improving.

In an ESPN Insider post Insider, Mike Kurtz of Football Outsiders agreed with Devaney. He wrote that Shields is likely to be “the beneficiary of [coach Mike] McCarthy's organization first-spending strategy.”

Kurtz added that “regardless of whether Raji stays, the defensive line is thin and likely to be thinner.”

The Packers have other issues to deal with before free agency. Veteran receiver James Jones also is scheduled to become a free agent. So is Evan Dietrich-Smith, who is coming off his first full season as the starting center. On the defensive side, Mike Neal is at the end of his contract and had his best NFL season after moving to outside linebacker from defensive end.

But the biggest -- and most expensive -- decisions are on Raji and Shields.

Super XLV: Where are they now?

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Exactly three years ago -- on Feb. 6, 2011 -- the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV.

Since then, much has happened to the 53 players who were on the roster for that 31-25 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Arlington, Texas.

Free agency, injuries, retirement and declining performance cause roster turnover.

Still, it’s eye-opening that from the group that suited up for the Packers’ last championship, only 12 players (just 22.6 percent) remain under contract with the team for 2014. Another 11 are still officially members of the Packers, but have contracts that expire next month. There are 13 players with other NFL teams, and 17 are out of football -- perhaps for good.

Here’s a look at the status of every player who was on the active roster three years ago today at Super Bowl XLV:

Under contract for 2014

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    Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesThree years after being named MVP of Super Bowl XLV, Aaron Rodgers is still leading the Packers.
    QB Aaron Rodgers: Threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns on the way to winning the Super Bowl XLV MVP, then won the NFL MVP award the next season. Signed a five-year, $110 million contract extension last April.
  • G Josh Sitton: Started Super Bowl XLV at right guard, but moved to left guard in 2013 and was a second-team, All-Pro selection. Signed a five-year contract extension on Sept. 2, 2011 that averages $6.75 million per season.
  • T Bryan Bulaga: Started at right tackle, but moved to left tackle last offseason. A training camp knee injury ended his 2013 season, and he now enters the final year of his rookie contract.
  • G: T.J. Lang: Served as a backup, but became the starting left guard the next season. Signed a four-year contract extension on Aug. 14, 2012 that averages $5.2 million per season. Moved to right guard last season.
  • WR Jordy Nelson: Caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl, and went on to post 1,000-yard receiving seasons in two of the next three years. Entering the final year of his contract in 2014.
  • OLB Clay Matthews: Forced a fumble in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl that the Packers recovered and turned into a touchdown to pad the lead. Four-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year, $66 million contract extension last April.
  • LB A.J. Hawk: Started and made seven tackles in the Super Bowl. Was released two months later, only to re-sign a more salary-cap friendly deal. Is under contract through 2015.
  • CB Tramon Williams: Broke up three passes in the Super Bowl, including the one that sealed the game on fourth-and-5 from the Steelers’ 33-yard line in the final minute. Entering the final year of his contract. Scheduled to make $7.5 million in 2014, and could be a candidate to be released or restructured despite a strong finish to last season.
  • K Mason Crosby: Made a 23-yard field goal in the game and signed a five-year, $14.75 million contract on July 29, 2011. Struggled in 2012, but bounced back last year to post his best season.
  • P Tim Masthay: Capped his first season with the Packers by averaging 40.5 yards and allowing the Steelers just 5 yards on punt returns in the game. Signed a four-year, $5.465 million contract extension on July 26, 2012.
  • LS Brett Goode: Has been the long snapper since 2008 and signed a three-year, $2.715 million contract extension on Oct. 13, 2012.
  • CB Jarrett Bush: Special teams player who was pressed into defensive duty in the game after injuries to Sam Shields and Charles Woodson, and intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass in the second quarter. Signed a three-year, $5.25 million contract on March 26, 2012.
Headed for free agency next month

  • RB James Starks: Started the Super Bowl and rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries. Battled injuries most of his career, and might not be re-signed.
  • WR James Jones: Caught five passes for 50 yards in the game, and signed a three-year, $9.6 million contract on Aug. 2, 2011. Caught 59 passes for a career-high 817 yards in 2013, and could be a re-signed despite his age (will turn 30 next month).
  • DT Ryan Pickett: Started the game, made two tackles and was in on the play in which Matthews forced Rashard Mendehall's fourth-quarter fumble. Played in all 16 games last season with a base salary of $5.4 million, but might be at the age (34) where the Packers let him walk.
  • DT B.J. Raji: Capped a strong 2010 postseason with a pair of tackles in the game. Finished his rookie contract in 2013, and reportedly turned down an $8 million-per-year offer last season.
  • DE C.J. Wilson: Started the game, but played only 14 snaps. Biggest impact came the night before the game, when he kept things loose in the team hotel by playing piano and leading a team sign-along. Finished his rookie contract in 2013.
  • FB John Kuhn: Played on both offense and special teams in the game. Signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract on Aug. 1, 2011.
  • CB Sam Shields: Suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter of the game. Had his best season in 2013 while playing under the restricted free agent tender of $2.023 million. Will command a big contract either from the Packers or another team in free agency.
  • LB Robert Francois: Went back and forth from the practice squad to the active roster throughout the 2010 season, and played on special teams in the game. Played last season under a one-year, $725,000 deal, but tore his Achilles tendon on Oct. 6.
  • TE Andrew Quarless: Caught one pass for 5 yards in the game. Suffered a major knee injury the next season and missed all of 2012. Returned last season to catch 32 passes for 312 yards (both career highs) in the final year of his rookie deal.
  • QB Matt Flynn: Served as Rodgers’ backup but did not play in the Super Bowl. Left after the 2011 season as a free agent, and after stints with Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo, he returned to the Packers last season for a one-year minimum deal and played in five games after Rodgers broke his collarbone.
  • C Evan Dietrich-Smith: Was inactive for the Super Bowl. Became a starter late in 2012 and for all of 2013, when he played under the restricted free agent tender of $1.323 million deal.
With other teams

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    Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsCoach Mike McCarthy and the Packers have seen a lot of roster turnover since winning Super Bowl XLV.
    WR Greg Jennings: Started and became just the third player in team history to catch multiple touchdowns in a Super Bowl by recording touchdowns of 21 and 8 yards. Signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Vikings last March.
  • G Daryn Colledge: Started at left guard, but left in free agency a few months later to sign a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Cardinals. Has started every game for the Cardinals since.
  • C Scott Wells: Started at center and remained with the Packers through the 2011 season before signing a four-year, $24 million contract with the Rams. Has missed 13 games over the past two seasons because of injuries.
  • LB Desmond Bishop: Became a starter earlier in 2010 after Nick Barnett's wrist injury and made nine tackles in the Super Bowl. Also recovered the fumble that Matthews forced. Signed a four-year, $19 million contract in 2011, but was released after missing the entire 2012 season because of a hamstring injury. Signed with the Vikings last offseason, but appeared in only four games.
  • OLB Frank Zombo: Started the game and had the Packers’ only sack of Roethlisberger but battled injuries the next two years and was released. Signed with the Chiefs last year and appeared in all 16 games.
  • CB Charles Woodson: Started at cornerback, but broke his collarbone late in the second quarter and missed the remainder of the game. Played two more seasons with the Packers, who released him last year. Returned to his old team, the Raiders, and played in all 16 games last season.
  • DE Cullen Jenkins: Played 36 snaps and had a pair of quarterback pressures. Left in free agency the following year and signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Eagles, who released him after two years. Signed a three-year, $8 million contract with the Giants last season.
  • TE Tom Crabtree: Played on both offense and special teams in the Super Bowl, catching one pass. Left last year to sign with the Buccaneers as an unrestricted free agent, but was limited to seven games because of injuries.
  • CB Josh Gordy: Was inactive for the game, and the next season was signed off the practice squad the by the Rams. Spent the past two seasons with the Colts.
  • G Nick McDonald: Was inactive for the game, like he was for every game that season. Was released in training camp the next year, and spent parts of the next two seasons with the Patriots. Did not play in 2013, but was recently signed by the Chargers.
  • OLB Erik Walden: Was inactive after suffering an ankle injury in the NFC Championship Game. Played the next two seasons before signing a four-year, $16 million contract with the Colts last year.
  • DE: Jarius Wynn: Was active but did not play. Played in Green Bay through 2011, and with the Titans and Chargers before landing with the Cowboys last season.
  • FB Quinn Johnson: Inactive for the game. Was traded to the Titans in 2011. Has played in 24 games for the Titans over the past three years.
Out of football

  • T Chad Clifton: Started at left tackle, but his long career with the Packers ended when they released him after he played in only six games in 2011. Was never signed by another team.
  • WR Donald Driver: Started the game and caught two passes for 28 yards before leaving with an ankle injury in the second quarter. Retired after the 2012 season as the team’s all-time leading receiver.
  • S Nick Collins: Started and made a key early play when he returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Suffered a neck injury in Week 2 of 2011 and hasn’t played since.
  • DT Howard Green: Claimed off waivers earlier that season and started the game. His hit on Roethlisberger led to Collins’ interception return for a touchdown. Returned in 2011 and played in all 16 games, but has not played since.
  • WR Brett Swain: Posted a team-high four special teams tackles. Was released the following season and played briefly with the 49ers. Was cut in training camp last season by the Seahawks.
  • S Atari Bigby: Played on special teams. Signed with the Seahawks the following season and played in 15 games. Played in eight games with the Chargers in 2012, but did not play in 2013.
  • CB Pat Lee: Special teams player who saw action on defense after injuries to Woodson and Shields. Played one more season in Green Bay before splitting time in 2012 between the Lions and Raiders. Did not play in 2013.
  • RB Brandon Jackson: Played as the third-down back, but did not have any carries in the game. Caught one pass for 14 yards. Signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Browns in 2011, but missed all of that season and played in only two games in 2012.
  • FB Korey Hall: Caught one pass for 2 yards and made one special teams tackle in the game. He played in 13 games with the Saints in 2011, and retired after going to camp with the Cardinals in 2012.
  • S Charlie Peprah: Led the Packers with 10 tackles (including nine solo stops). Returned as a starter in 2011, when he had five interceptions, but was released shortly before training camp in 2012. Played in five games for the Cowboys in 2012.
  • LB Diyral Briggs: Made one special teams tackle in the game, but never played in another NFL game.
  • LB Matt Wilhelm: Made two special teams tackles, but seven-year career ended after that game.
  • G Jason Spitz: Played on special teams. Left in free agency the next year and signed a three-year, $4.05 million contract with the Jaguars, who released him in training camp last summer. He signed with the Seahawks, but was released on Oct. 12.
  • TE Donald Lee: Played in the game, but did not have a catch and was released two months later. Played in nine games for the Bengals in 2001.
  • QB Graham Harrell: Inactive for the game. Remained with the Packers until he was released in training camp last summer. Also spent time briefly with the Jets before being released.
  • RB Dimitri Nance: Inactive for the game. Was released by the Packers the following summer and never played in another NFL game.
  • CB Brandon Underwood: Inactive for the game. Was released in 2011. Went to camp with the Raiders in 2012 and Cowboys in 2013, but did not make either team.

Packers inactives: Cobb good to go

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CHICAGO -- The Green Bay Packers did not add Randall Cobb to the 53-man roster on Saturday so that he could sit on the bench. A day after he came off the temporary injured reserve list, Cobb will play against the Chicago Bears.

It will be his first action since he broke the tibia in his right leg on Oct. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.

With the return of Aaron Rodgers from his Nov. 4 broken collarbone, the Packers kept all three quarterbacks – Rodgers, Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien – active.

The only surprise on the inactive list was linebacker Brad Jones. He was listed as probable on the injury report after he returned to practice on Friday, albeit on a limited basis because of an ankle injury. Jamari Lattimore will start in Jones’ place.

At outside linebacker, rookie Andy Mulumba and Mike Neal will be the starters in place of Clay Matthews (thumb) and Nick Perry, who is active.

Defensive end Jerel Worthy is active for only the second time since coming off the physically unable to perform list on Nov. 23.

Here’s the full inactive list:
GREEN BAY, Wis. – In addition to defensive tackle Johnny Jolly, who is expected to miss the rest of the season with a neck injury, the Green Bay Packers also lost tight end Brandon Bostick for the year.

Bostick, a first-year player who has seven catches for 120 yards and a touchdown, sustained a foot injury in Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys and was expected to undergo season-ending surgery, coach Mike McCarthy announced on Friday.

The Packers did not place either player on injured reserve yet, but they could use the two roster spots before Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Perhaps one of those spots could go to receiver Randall Cobb, who returned to practice this week after breaking the tibia in his right leg on Oct. 13. Cobb remains on the injured reserve/designated to return list. In order to play against the Steelers, he would have to be added to the active roster on Saturday.

McCarthy appeared to leave open that possibility.

“Randall Cobb practiced today, looks good,” McCarthy said Friday. “Just curious to see how he feels tomorrow.”

Besides ruling out Bostick, Jolly and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, everyone else on the injury report has a chance to play against the Steelers.

Running back Eddie Lacy (ankle), linebacker Brad Jones (ankle), linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen) and linebacker Nick Perry (foot) all practiced on Friday for the first time this week.

Here’s the full injury report:

Out – QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone, limited participation in practice), TE Brandon Bostick (foot, did not practice), DT Johnny Jolly (neck/shoulder, did not practice).

Questionable – DE C.J. Wilson (ankle, limited participation).

Probable – LB Brad Jones (ankle, limited participation), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle, limited participation), OLB Mike Neal (abdomen, limited participation), OLB Nick Perry (foot, limited participation), DT Ryan Pickett (knee, limited participation).
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly's comeback season may be over because of the injury he sustained in Sunday's win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Jolly
Jolly
It was originally called a shoulder injury after the game, but the Packers have added neck to the injury report. It was serious enough that the Packers have already ruled out Jolly for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"Johnny Jolly suffered a significant injury," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday. "We got the report last night, so that's why Johnny is declared out."

McCarthy provided no other details about the injury.

If Jolly's injury keeps him out for the rest of the year, it ends his remarkable comeback after serving prison time and a three-year NFL suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Jolly is not under contract for next season, but the 30-year-old perhaps showed enough to warrant a new contract for next season.

"If anybody can bounce back from something, it's Jolly," said Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett, one of Jolly's closest friends on the team. "We all feel good about that. He'll be back. He'll be playing football again. So all we can do is be there for him, just wish him well."

There were no other changes to the injury report.

Here's the full list:
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' routine at practice – at least the portion open to reporters on Wednesday – did not look much different from last week or the previous week.

Rodgers
During individual drills, Rodgers once again took snaps from backup center JC Tretter while Matt Flynn worked with starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith.

Rodgers continued to throw with good velocity and might have taken a few more throws than he did last Wednesday.

The session was closed to the media before any team (11-on-11) drills began.

Rodgers' collarbone was scheduled to be examined by team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie before practice. The results of that exam were not immediately known.

In another development, receiver Randall Cobb practiced for the first time since he fractured his right tibia on Oct. 13. Cobb would need to be activated off the injured reserve/designated to return list in order to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defensive end C.J. Wilson, who has missed the past three games because of an ankle injury, also returned to practice.

Those not practicing were running back Eddie Lacy, linebacker Nick Perry, linebacker Brad Jones, tight end Brandon Bostick, linebacker Mike Neal and defensive tackle Johnny Jolly.

The full injury report will be available after practice.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy, who practiced only one day last week because of a sprained right ankle, will play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

So will linebackers Brad Jones (ankle), Jamari Lattimore (knee) and Mike Neal (abdomen).

Like Lacy, the trio of linebackers practiced only on Friday last week. Lacy is expected to start.

In another injury-related pregame development, receiver Randall Cobb went through an on-field workout at AT&T Stadium. He ran routes and caught passes from backup quarterback Scott Tolzien.

It was the first time Cobb has been in seen working out in public since he fractured the tibia in his right leg on Oct. 13. Cobb remains on the injured reserve/designed to return list. He was eligible to come off that list and play against the Cowboys but was not cleared to do so.

There were no major surprises on the Packers' inactive list:


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- At least the Green Bay Packers won’t be without both their starting quarterback and their top running back Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

On the same day quarterback Aaron Rodgers was ruled out again, the Packers listed running back Eddie Lacy as probable after he practiced Friday for the first time all week.

Lacy sprained his right ankle on the final play of the second quarter in Sunday’s 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons. He returned midway through the third quarter and finished the game but was in a walking boot through Thursday.

“Right now, after practice today, I feel good,” Lacy said Friday. “I still have 48 hours left, so it’s definitely going to help between now and game time.”

Packers coach Mike McCarthy stood by his decision to give the ball to Lacy with four seconds left in the first half and the ball at their own 32-yard line.

Asked if he thought the Packers should have taken a knee, Lacy said, “It’s not my call, man. Whatever the coach calls, that’s what I run.”

The Packers may reduce Lacy’s workload Sunday. He has carried the ball 20 or more times in eight of the past 10 games, including 20 against the Falcons despite missing two full series. It could mean increased playing time for James Starks, who took the majority of the snaps with the starters in practice this week.

“I have no problem giving the ball to James 20 times if that’s the way it shakes out,” McCarthy said. “I like our running back situation right now.”

Here’s the full injury report:

Out: QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone, limited participation in practice), DE C.J. Wilson (ankle, did not practice)

Probable: Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee/ankle, full participation), LB Brad Jones (ankle, full participation), RB Eddie Lacy (ankle, limited participation), LB Jamari Lattimore (knee, limited participation), OLB Mike Neal (abdomen, limited participation), OLB Nick Perry (foot, limited participation)
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers will make an official designation on quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ status after Friday’s practice but based on what could be seen during the brief portion open to reporters, things did not look good for his return.

Rodgers did some light throwing but when team (11-on-11) periods began, Matt Flynn got the call.

It’s always possible that coach Mike McCarthy did not want reporters to see Rodgers work, but McCarthy has not used much gamesmanship since Rodgers fractured his collarbone on Nov. 4. Each Friday that has followed, Rodgers has been ruled out.

The Packers got some good news on Friday, when running back Eddie Lacy (ankle), linebacker Brad Jones (ankle), linebacker Jamari Lattimore (knee) and linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen) all returned to practice.

The only player who was out of practice completely was defensive end C.J. Wilson (ankle).

The full injury report will be available after practice.

Injury report: Looking good for Lacy

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Running back Eddie Lacy strolled through the Green Bay Packers' locker room on Thursday wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

The standout rookie has not practiced since he sprained his ankle on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Lacy
Despite both of those factors, the Packers think Lacy has a good chance to play in this Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

"I feel good about Eddie Lacy, just as far as the feedback from the medical staff," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday. "He'll be evaluated in the morning, and then we'll see what the plan is for Eddie as far as practice."

Lacy was injured in the second quarter against the Falcons. He returned midway through the third quarter after getting his ankle re-taped. The Packers have not classified the type of sprain Lacy sustained, but if they think he can play this week, then it's not likely to be the more serious high ankle sprain.

"Based on Eddie's specific injury, the training staff feels confident he'll be ready to go," McCarthy said. "He finished, played the second half of the Atlanta game."

The Packers' injury report was unchanged from Wednesday.

Here's the full report:
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, outfitted in full pads, took the first rep during at least one drill during Thursday’s practice.

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That’s the first time he has done that since he returned to practice from his collarbone injury. The first rep in each period typically goes to the starting quarterback. Rodgers took that snap during a quarterback-running back handoff drill early in practice.

However, Rodgers and Matt Flynn appeared to split reps evenly during the portion of practice that was open to reporters.

A couple of things were noteworthy:
  • No team (11-on-11) periods were conducted during the portion open to the media, and those are the snaps that matter most.
  • Rodgers handed off several times with his left hand, which is the side of his fractured collarbone.
  • Rodgers is expected to speak to reporters after practice, so we may have a better idea then how he felt. He previously said he experienced some pain and discomfort while practicing last week.

There were no other changes from Wednesday’s practice. Still out were running back Eddie Lacy (ankle), linebacker Brad Jones (ankle), linebacker Jamari Lattimore (knee), linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen) and defensive end C.J. Wilson.

Receiver Randall Cobb, who is eligible to come off the temporary injured reserve list this week, still has not returned to practice, making it unlikely he would play on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Thanks to Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, we know that quarterback Aaron Rodgers took snaps with the starting offense Wednesday.

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While Matt Flynn still took the majority of the starter's reps and at this point is planning to start Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, it represented a significant step for Rodgers in his recovery. How his collarbone feels Thursday will dictate his activities for the rest of the week.

"We'll see how he is tomorrow," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after Wednesday's practice. "We'll set a plan for him again tomorrow."

Rodgers is expected to hold his weekly news conference Thursday.

Meanwhile, receiver Randall Cobb, who has been on the injured reserve/designated to return list since Oct. 15 because of his fractured tibia, still has not returned to practice. He is eligible to return to game action this week, but that appears unlikely.

"Randall is doing more, he's doing more in his rehab," McCarthy said. "He's progressing, looks good. He's starting to bounce around. He definitely took a step."

Running back Eddie Lacy won't practice until Friday at the earliest because of the sprained ankle he sustained Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Lacy finished the game after getting re-taped but if he can't play this week, James Starks would be the starter, and it could mean the recently signed Kahlil Bell would be the backup. Bell was inactive against the Falcons.

McCarthy said he did not have major concerns about inside linebackers Brad Jones (ankle) and Jamari Lattimore (knee) despite the fact that neither practiced Wednesday.

Receiver Myles White, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday, said he injured his knee on his third-quarter catch against the Falcons. White said he has a partially torn meniscus but will not need surgery.

Here's the full injury report:
  • C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee/ankle, limited participation in practice)
  • LB Brad Jones (ankle, did not practice)
  • RB Eddie Lacy (ankle, did not practice)
  • LB Jamari Lattimore (knee, did not practice)
  • OLB Mike Neal (abdomen, did not practice)
  • OLB Nick Perry (foot, limited participation)
  • QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone, limited participation)
  • DE C.J. Wilson (ankle, did not practice).

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