Receiver/returner Randall Cobb and tight end Jermichael Finley missed Wednesday’s practice with various ailments, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said this afternoon.
Cobb, who ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in kick and punt return average, picked up a groin injury and isn’t expected to practice until Friday at the earliest. McCarthy described him as “sore” today, but no other specifics were given.
McCarthy was even more in the dark about Finley, who apparently injured his knee in what McCarthy called a “last minute” deal. McCarthy said he doesn’t have any feel about where Finley is at right now, so it’s certainly a situation to monitor over the next couple of days. Finley injured his meniscus in Week 5 last season and didn’t see the field again.
UPDATE: Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported after the press conference that Finley woke up with a sore knee on Monday, and it “didn’t feel right” when he came in today. It’s also not the same knee he injured last season.
McCarthy’s news wasn’t all bad on the injury front, however.
Ryan Pickett (concussion) returned to practice after being cleared either late Monday night or early Tuesday. He has missed the last three weeks after suffering his second concussion of the season against the Oakland Raiders. Pickett was limited Wednesday, as the Packers plan on giving him the full week to prepare to play Sunday.
Pickett is a vital cog in the Packers run defense, which has been gashed in all three games since the 335-pound defensive lineman went out.
Left tackle Chad Clifton also practiced Wednesday, and he saw some time with the Packers No. 1 offense in an attempt to ready him for Sunday. McCarthy said he wants to see Clifton in Thursday’s padded practice before making any definitive announcement on his playing status.
The Packers obviously want to get a solid grasp on their left tackle situation in preparation for the playoffs, and seeing Clifton in live action is an important part of that process. Clifton hasn’t played since tearing his hamstring in Week 5 against the Atlanta Falcons.