Packers OLB Brad Jones has become the team's fifth starter to go down for the count with a season-ending injury. The Packers placed Jones on injured reserve Wednesday after he reaggravated a shoulder injury that had been bothering him since mid-August against Minnesota last Sunday night. The team also claimed NT Howard Green off waivers from the Jets.
Green, a 6-2, 340-pound sixth-year player out of LSU, has played in 51 career games with 12 starts. He entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft choice (190th overall) by Houston in 2002. He played in one game with the Ravens in ’02, 18 games with the Saints from 2003-04, 18 games with the Seahawks from 2007-08, and 14 games with the Jets the past two seasons, including two games in ’10. All 12 of Green's career starts came with New Orleans in 2004.
On the Packers' practice report, it was revealed that WR Donald Driver (quadriceps) and DE Ryan Pickett (ankle) did not participate in the team's Wednesday practice. Meanwhile, five other starters participated on a limited basis — OLT Chad Clifton (knee), FS Nick Collins (knee), DE Cullen Jenkins (calf), ORT Mark Tauscher (shoulder) and CB Charles Woodson (toe). Reserve OL Marshall Newhouse (back) fully participated in the practice.
Coming off their bye week, the Jets listed C Nick Mangold (shoulder) and CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) as participating fully and LB Calvin Pace (foot) participating on a limited basis.
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And the injury beating just goes on and on and on. Now we know why the Packers went out of their way to acquire three linebackers in the past two days. Jones had held his own, despite his bum shoulder, and the pressure will be on undrafted rookie Frank Zombo, who has leveled off lately, to step up his game. Green should help fortify a defensive line that is currently hindered by injuries to Pickett and Jenkins.
If there's an encouraging sign, it's that Jenkins was able to at least practice on a limited basis. The early signs this week were that he could be a long shot to play, but it appears his status could be improving.