The Green Bay Packers are getting healthy at the right time as most of their players are coming back just in time for the playoffs. However, the Packers now have to worry about cornerback Tramon Williams as he is battling the flu just two days before the wild-card matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.
Williams was not on the injury report for the Packers on Wednesday, but was held out of practice today which set off alarms for Packer fans everywhere. During his press conference after practice, head coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged that Williams is dealing with flu-like symptoms and was sent home from practice today. McCarthy was hesitant to say if Williams would be ready for the game on Saturday.
“I really don’t have feel for that one way or the other,” he said. “He came in and obviously had flu symptoms. He was given medication and was sent home. We’ll probably know more in the morning.”
The Packers final injury report will come out on Friday so we will know more by then, but if Williams is not able to play then this will be a huge loss for the Packers, especially since they finally got their defense fully healthy with the return of Charles Woodson this week from his broken collarbone.
Good news for the Packers though is that wide receiver Jordy Nelson should be good to go even with his ailing knee. Nelson ran sprints on the sideline today at practice after the morning walk-through and felt ready to play.
“I was warmed up to begin with then our coach talked, so you’ve just got to stay warm,” he said. “They had the doors open so it was a little chilly in there. It’s something I’ve just got to continue to make sure I’m good to go at all times. But I felt good.
“It was more of just getting completely warm to begin with. I think once I’m ready to go I’ll be fine. But we don’t do much to begin with so you’ve got to make sure you’re ready to go and I was just doing — wanted to run some extra things, as well.”
With Nelson being cleared to play, this will be the first time since Week 1 that all three receivers in Nelson, Greg Jennings and Randall Cobb have all been on the field at the same time. Cobb was the receiver who was out last week with an ankle injury but he will be good to go this week as well.
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