Jclombardi previews Packers vs Bears, “Bears still suck”, and headlines.
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Practice report: Desmond Bishop, LB Hamstring Full Participation. Chad Clifton, T Knee Full Participation. Daryn Colledge, G Knee Did Not Participate. Tom Crabtree, TE Arch Did Not Participate. Korey Hall, FB Hip Did Not Participate. Cullen Jenkins, DE Hand Full Participation. Brad Jones, LB Knee Limited Participation. Derrick Martin, S Ankle Full Participation. Clay Matthews, LB Hamstring Full Participation. Mike Neal, DE Side/Rib Did Not Participate. Charlie Peprah, S Quadricep Did Not Participate. Brady Poppinga, LB Knee Limited Participate. Brandon Underwood, CB Shoulder Full Participation. Charles Woodson, CB Toe Limited Participation. Ryan Pickett , DE Hamstring Limited Participation. Coach Mike McCarthy said: “Pickett just kind of tightened up today, yesterday Colledge was rolled up on and had some swelling. Chad Clifton is doing better. He feels good. Neal took a step backwards. Quarless is ready (if Crabtree can’t go) and I would be very comfortable with Andrew in there.”
Packers Headlines: Wilde writes Atari Bigby is looking forward to his return, Bryan Bulaga is waiting on Chad Clifton, and Bears’ Cutler is a new QB this year. Bedard reports Packers’ defensive coordinator Capers and Bears’ offensive coordinator Martz match wits Monday night. Silverstein discusses B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett’slarger roles on defense. Bedard and Silverstein address the fact that Bulaga prepares as if he was a starter. Polzin reports a committee approach will replace Ryan Grant and Bulaga may have a true test Monday. Oates writes too many “good hands” people is a good problem to have. Dougherty says if Clifton’s knee isn’t ready Bulaga may startand Demovsky reports Rodgers keeps everyone happy and Cutler shows signs of promise for Bears.
Committee meeting: McCarthy said this week that he won’t be making Jackson the primary ballcarrier, neither Monday night against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, nor beyond that game. His reasoning: Partly because Jackson is still valuable as a third-down back, and partly because he’s not sure Jackson, who has missed 11 games over the past three seasons with injury or illness, can handle the toll physically.