The Green Bay Packers (3-2) have been dealt quite the unlucky hand this year in the injury department, as the Packers placed offensive lineman Greg Van Roten (foot) and wide receiver Randall Cobb (leg) on the injured-reserve (IR) list on Tuesday.
In their places, Green Bay promoted two rookies, wide receiver Myles White and tight end Jake Stoneburner, from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Van Roten's season is over, but Cobb is the Packers' designated player to return, as Cobb can return to the Packers after the next eight games.
The Packers have had numerous injuries, as the team is still waiting for cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring), outside linebacker Nick Perry (foot), All-Pro outside linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb), running back James Starks (knee), wide receiver James Jones (knee) and linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring) to return from injury.
On Wednesday, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy made his message clear and simple to reporters: Keep Calm and Carry On. "We've made plenty of adjustments," McCarthy said. "As far as guys who are injured, it's clear cut where we stand. Nobody is panicking."
McCarthy said Brad Jones is "getting better" and Hayward "looks ready to go". Green Bay has officially ruled out Matthews, Starks, Perry and tight end Ryan Taylor (knee) for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
James Jones didn't practice on Wednesday, but McCarthy said he's optimistic about the veteran. "Hopefully Friday will be the day we'll find out about James Jones," McCarthy said. "He's very positive about where he is and he's gearing up for testing (in rehab)."
McCarthy also delivered some relatively positive news on Wednesday, as offensive tackle Derek Sherrod will be participate in padded practice on Thursday. Sherrod hasn't played in an NFL game or participated in padded practice since he broke his leg in a Week 15 game against the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2011 season.
"It'll be great to see that," McCarthy said about Sherrod in practice. "We're not going to just roll him out there and say 'play 55 snaps' in pads. That's not smart. We'll break him in and push him."
The Packers selected Sherrod with the 32nd overall draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State. Sherrod sat out the entire 2012 season and the Packers placed him on the Player-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List at the end of training camp.
NFL players can return from the PUP list after the first six games of the season. Sherrod, defensive end Jerel Worthy (knee), safety Sean Richardson (neck) and rookie offensive lineman J.C. Tretter (ankle) could all be activated off of the PUP list after this weekend.
With the Packers placing Van Roten on the IR, it could be a sign that Sherrod could return to the Packers sideline very soon.
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