Being a Packers wide receiver hasn’t been good for personal health throughout this season. The only wideout on their roster who hasn’t missed time is James Jones. Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson combined for 12 missed games, while the versatile Randall Cobb was held out for the final game of the regular season with an ankle injury.
Time. It still heals wounds.
The final injury reports prior to tomorrow’s games have been released, and both Cobb and Nelson (knee) are listed as probable, while Jennings is fully healthy. Chuck all of your bombs, Aaron Rodgers.
What’s even more fun for Rodgers et al and Packers fans is that Antoine Winfield — the Vikings’ top cornerback — is listed as questionable after attempting to play through a broken hand last week and failing colossally. Winfield was able to stay on the field for only 18 snaps, and while there’s a widespread belief that he’ll try to play through the injury again tomorrow night, there’s also still reason to be very concerned about his durability and effectiveness. Winfield will be fitted with a soft cast, so expect him to be targeted early by the Packers.
Christian Ponder also remains an injury concern on the Vikings’ sideline. He’s questionable too due to a bruised elbow after being limited in practice all week. He’ll play, but similar to Winfield, there’s reason to believe that a clearly crucial player in Minnesota’s offense won’t be in optimal condition, and he therefore won’t be able to provide the aerial support which contributed to Adrian Peterson’s success against the Packers in the Vikings’ win a week ago.
In the other game Saturday, it’s likely the Bengals will be playing without Chris Crocker, the safety who’s listed as doubtful due to a quadriceps injury. It’s a crucial blow for the Cincinnati defense, as Crocker was set to be leaned on heavily to defend Owen Daniels.