Packers Wednesday injury analysis

Posted Oct. 19, 2011 @ 5:32 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

The status of three Packers players in particular — CB Sam Shields, OLB Frank Zombo and starting ORG Josh Sitton — is looking iffy for this Sunday's game in Minnesota, if Wednesday's Packers-Vikings injury report is any indication. It was not surprising that Shields (concussion) did not participate in the Wednesday practice and Zombo (knee) was listed as "out" on the report, as the injuries that both players' suffered in last Sunday's game against the Rams were widely reported the day after the game. But the knee injury apparently hindering Sitton, who did not participate in the Wednesday practice, was not common knowledge.

Sitton has not been at his best the last couple of games, and the knee ailment might be partly responsible for his relative ineffectiveness. If Sitton is unable to play on Sunday — which could be a problem worth noting with starting OLT Chad Clifton already riding the pines with a significant hamstring injury — the best bet to replace him probably would be first-round rookie Derek Sherrod, who in recent weeks has been entrenched at the tackle position. Undrafted rookie Ray Dominguez also could figure in the mix.

Shields, who suffered his concussion when he made an ill-advised attempt to return an interception from the Rams' endzone last Sunday, would be sorely missed against the Vikings. The past couple of games he has played well after a shaky start to the season. Zombo was back in action splitting time with Erk Walden at the ROLB spot for the first time this season last Sunday after missing the first five games because of a fractured shoulder blade.

A positive piece of news was the limited participation in the Wednesday practice by starting CB Charles Woodson (foot-knee), who had been routinely sitting out Wednesday practices along with starting LOLB Clay Matthews (quadriceps). One other Packer who did not participate in the Wednesday practice was rookie LB Jamari Lattimore, who has played primarily on special teams up to now.