Although the official injury report won't be released until Friday afternoon, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday that linebacker Clay Matthews is "doubtful" to play against the New York Giants on Sunday night.
“I would say Clay is doubtful,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy wouldn't completely rule Matthews out, who hasn't played since suffering a hamstring injury in week nine against the Arizona Cardinals, but was far from optimistic.
The Packers head coach was much more certain about cornerback Sam Shields, who he ruled out for Sunday's game due to an ankle injury.
“Sam's had a setback, it's going to be a couple of weeks,” McCarthy said. “It's a little more serious injury than we anticipated. It's still his ankle.”
Rookie cornerback Casey Heyward, who has a team high five interceptions, will get the starting nod for Green Bay.
Finally, McCarthy said it would also be a stretch for wide receiver Greg Jennings (abdominal tear) to play against the Giants this weekend, but Jennings felt he has at least a shot after doing some running on Wednesday.
“Today was a big step for me. Whether or not I play this week, that’s yet to be determined. As far as health, I want see how I feel tomorrow and how I respond to things today,” Jennings said. “I’m just trying to get out there as soon as possible. That’s my prognosis. I don’t really have a set timetable. Me personally, I don’t feel like I’m a long shot. Playing it safe, I guess you could say I’m a long shot.”
All told, these are two very injured football teams.
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