Jclombardi highlights Packers headlines.
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Rodgers ready to go: QB Rodgers did everything but officially proclaim himself ready to play in Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Which, of course, meant the Green Bay Packers quarterback had passed another – albeit unofficial – post-concussion test: That he was smart enough not to conversationally paint himself into a corner by saying he will definitely make the 39th consecutive start of his career against the Dolphins.
LB Barnett on I.R.: Nick Barnett’s season is over. The middle linebacker for the Packers was placed on injured reserve Friday, general manager Ted Thompson announced in a statement. Barnett had surgery to repair a wrist injury. The Packers signed defensive end Michael Montgomery to take Barnett’s place on the 53-man roster. The team is low on healthy defensive linemen with ends Ryan Pickett (ankle) and Mike Neal (shoulder) nursing injuries.
Injury Report: LB Matthews won’t play Sunday when the Packers play the Miami Dolphins at Lambeau Field. Assuming Matthews is out, LB Jones will start at right outside linebacker and that LBs Poppinga and Zombo will split time at left outside linebacker. Rookie DE Wilson would make his first start at left defensive end if DEs Pickett and Neal can’t play. Pickett (ankle) was walking OK at practice Friday but hasn’t done anything all week. Neal (shoulder) also is questionable but didn’t practice all week. LB Chillar (shoulder), was declared out. Cornerback Shields practiced all week but might not be the nickel back ahead of Pat Lee. Tackle Mark Tauscher (shoulder) will miss another start and be replaced by RT Bulaga. TE Lee took part in the full practice Friday and will play. QB Rodgers did everything in practice Friday and will start. Newly acquired defensive end Mike Montgomery said he was ready to play. Also listed on the injury report were tackle Chad Clifton, safety Nick Collins, defensive end Cullen Jenkins, fullback Quinn Johnson and cornerback Charles Woodson. All are fine.