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Jones–“I want to be more consistent”: Greg Jennings knows what James Jones can do. Now, he’d just like to see his fellow Green Bay Packers wide receiver do it on a consistent basis. “I talk to him about it all the time. He knows what he’s capable of getting done, but it’s a matter of getting it done,” Jennings said. “The thing about JJ, he’s harder on himself than anybody.” The issue with Jones is that he is capable of great things, but also capable of disappearing. He caught four passes for 107 yards in the Packers’ last Sunday night game, on Oct. 24 against Minnesota; but he also failed to catch a pass against Miami on Oct. 17 and against the New York Jets last Sunday, when he also dropped what likely would have been a 72-yard touchdown late in the third quarter of the Packers’ 9-0 victory. McCarthy said Wednesday that the fourth-year receiver is not unlike the team’s struggling offense as a whole: Good at times, not so good at others. “I think James Jones is no different than some of the other players. They have had some really good games and they have had some games that they wish they could have done a little better job,” McCarthy said. “James is a talented young man. He is playing different positions. We are asking more of him now than we have in past years, and I’m confident that he’ll step up big against Dallas.”
Packers eye healthier days on the horizon: Packers have two important starters (Donald Driver, Ryan Pickett) who might sit out this week against Dallas and thus get two full weeks of rest, plus Jenkins who’s been playing hurt but probably can get close to full strength over the bye if he can get out of the Dallas game healthy. Combined with the return of two defensive backs (Al Harris and Atari Bigby) likely to be activated off the physically unable to perform list by Monday, the Packers have a chance to weather their unusually bad injury storm with a 6-3 record, provided they beat Dallas, and a relatively healthy roster for the final seven games. “We want to get to 6-3, get to the bye and get healthy,” coach Mike McCarthy said. McCarthy said Wednesday that the fourth-year receiver is not unlike the team’s struggling offense as a whole: Good at times, not so good at others.
Notes–Driver’s streak will end: Veteran receiver Donald Driver, who had his 133-game streak with a catch end two games ago, will be held out of Sunday night’s game against Dallas. Harris, Bigby on hold–The Packers released defensive end Montgomery and that spot will remain open to add Al Harris, Atari Bigby or James Starks off the physically unable to perform list. That decision will be made on Saturday, McCarthy said. To add two of the players or all three, corresponding roster moves must be made. The Packers have until Monday to make a final determination on those players. If they’re not added to the 53-man roster by then, they’ll have to be put on injured reserve or released. Packers injury report–Out: WR Donald Driver (quad); CB Pat Lee (ankle). Full participation: QB Aaron Rodgers (ankle). Did not participate: TE Andrew Quarless (shoulder). Limited participation: T Chad Clifton (hamstring/knee); G Daryn Colledge (back); S Nick Collins (knee); DE Cullen Jenkins (calf); LB Clay Matthews (shin); RB Dimitri Nance(ankle); DE Ryan Pickett (ankle); T Mark Tauscher (shoulder); CB Charles Woodson (toe).
Finley–Knee surgery led to staph and a hurried trip to emergency room: After seeing Finley burning up with fever, Packers trainers rushed Finley by car to Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. It ended up being a blessing that he had not eaten because Finley was able to go into surgery that afternoon to remove the infection. Bellin’s emergency room staff was ready for Finley, he said, and he went under the knife immediately “to clean out the infection.” A team spokesman said the medical staff identified the infection as staph but that there are varying degrees of severity and that this was considered the common type, not the more serious MRSA. Some NFL teams have had outbreaks of the more serious type of staph infection throughout their training facilities, and that has caused teams to take extra measures to ensure a breakout doesn’t occur. The Packers’ medical staff follows a strict protocol to prevent infection from spreading, the spokesman said, adding that this latest case had been isolated. Finley’s second surgery was first reported by ESPNMilwaukee.com. Finley said Wednesday that he was fine but that the ordeal was very scary. Finley said he is drinking a lot of water now.