The Green Bay Packers hit the practice field on Monday for the first time since their preseason opener this past weekend with a few more injuries than they're probably prefer, although none of the newest injuries affecting players appears to be serious. As for the knee injuries to running back Rajion Neal and linebacker Joe Thomas, both suffered against the Titans, head coach Mike McCarthy said neither were "long-term."
Safety Morgan Burnett, oblique strain
Burnett missed a handful of practices last week and the team's preseason opener against the Titans. Missing nearly a week of training camp has probably done little to hurt Burnett's knowledge of the team's defense as a fifth-year veteran. However, the worry is that he's losing ground in the battle at the safety to the likes of Micah Hyde, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, both of whom performed admirably in their professional debuts at the position in a game environment on Saturday evening. McCarthy said he still considers Burnett to be a starter, but after a shaky season-long performance in 2013, his grip on a starting job is tenuous.
Who's Dropping Out?
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson, hamstring
Nelson sat out of Saturday night's game against the Titans along with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and running back Eddie Lacy, all presumed to be precautionary, simply to avoid injury. As it turns out, Nelson had a minor injury all along. According to McCarthy, Nelson did not practice last Friday when practice was closed to both the public and the media. He classified Nelson's return as being day to day, hinting that it's not serious.
Wide receiver Davante Adams, wrist
Whereas Nelson sat out of the contest against the Titans, Adams took part in his first ever game as a member of the Packers and didn't appear to be injured at any point in the game. He apparently suffered a wrist injury, bad enough to keep him out of practice on Monday. Adams faced challenging conditions on Saturday, being asked to return punts in driving rain as well as contributing on offense in his debut. There was no word as to the severity of the injury.
Defensive lineman Josh Boyd, ribs
As pointed out by Cheesehead TV's Aaron Nagler in the aftermath of the Titans game, Boyd appeared to suffer an injury, although McCarthy didn't acknowledge it in his post-game press conference. Like Adams, there was no word on the severity of the injury other than to acknowledge it was indeed to the rib area.
Still Out (anticipated return in parentheses)
Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, knee (2015 presumably)
Offensive lineman Don Barclay (2015 presumably)
Defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, lower back (indefinitely)
Defensive lineman Letroy Guion, hamstring (indefinitely)
Tight end Colt Lyerla, knee (several weeks)
Running back Rajion Neal, knee (day to day)
Linebacker Joe Thomas, knee (day to day)
Safety Tanner Miller, ankle (indefinitely)
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