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Packers Thursday injury analysis

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Dan Arkush
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By Dan Arkush

The news was mostly positive for the Packers on the Thursday injury report, as both starting LOLB Clay Matthews (quadriceps) and starting ORG Josh Sitton (knee) were able to at least participate in Thursday's practice on a limited basis after not participating at all on Wednesday. In addition, starting CB Charles Woodson (foot/knee) was able to participate on a limited basis in practice for a second straight day. Matthews and Woodson had routinely been held out of both Wednesday and Thursday practices before this week.

On the downside, CB Sam Shields, whose play had greatly improved in recent weeks, did not participate in practice for a second straight day due to a concussion suffered last Sunday against the Rams, greatly increasing the likelihood that he will be sitting out this Sunday's game in Minnesota.

Three Packers players who will definitely not play are normal starting OLT Chad Clifton (knee/hamstring), DE Mike Neal (knee) and ROLB Frank Zombo (knee). Clifton and Neal have been sidelined for an extended period, while Zombo had just returned to action for his first game this season last Sunday after missing the previous five games with a fractured shoulder blade. Neal, who has been inactive the entire season, is expected to return to action after the bye. The Packers are expected to update Clifton's status at some point next week during the bye.

It goes without saying that the Packers' secondary is looking forward to the team's upcoming bye week. In addition to Shields and Woodson being banged up, starting FS Morgan Burnett has a broken hand that limited his participation in practice for a second straight day. Burnett has been playing with a club on his hand that goes almost up to his elbow.

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