Mason Crosby - #2 - Kicker - 6'1" - 207lbs
News: Crsoby made three field goals and an extra point in Sunday's victory over the Falcons.
Impact: Crosby provided a big boost for the Packers in blustery conditions Sunday, making all three of his attempts and scoring in double-digits for the first time since Week 8. Crosby currently sits fourth in the league in scoring with 118 points.
Morgan Burnett - #42 - Safety - 6'1" - 209lbs
News: Burnett tallied eight tackles (six solo) in Sunday's victory over the Falcons.
Impact: Burnett's three-game streak of reaching double-digit tackles came to an end, but he still managed to rack up the most stops on his team. Burnett has yet to record a sack or an interception this season, but he does have 42 tackles (26 solo) over his last four games.
News: Jones caught four passes for 19 yards in Sunday's victory over the Falcons.
Impact: Jones averaged 71 receiving yards over the three weeks prior to Sunday's game, but he was held to his lowest output since Week 9. Jones has not topped 80 yards nor found the end zone since Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, so he and his fantasy owners alike will be hoping the Packers' starting quarterback will be able to play in Week 15.
Jarrett Boykin - #11 - Wide Receiver - 6'2" - 218lbs
News: Boykin had two catches for 23 yards in Sunday's victory over the Falcons.
Impact: Boykin averaged 78 receiving yards per game between Weeks 7 and 12, but he has gone quiet the last couple weeks, catching just two passes Sunday after being shut out the previous game. Boykin will be tough to trust in Week 14 given his recent production, but he could get a minor boost in value if starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) is able to play.
News: Bostick had two catches for 28 yards in Sunday's victory over the Falcons.
Impact: Bostick took a back seat to fellow tight end Andrew Quarless on Sunday, but more importantly, he was able to give it a go after missing the previous game with a concussion. Bostick has seven catches for 120 yards and a touchdown over his last four games.
News: Lacy (ankle) returned to Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Impact: His ankle is heavily taped, but he's toughing it out in a must-win game for Green Bay.
Jordy Nelson - #87 - Wide Receiver - 6'3" - 217lbs
News: Nelson has four catches on four targets for 85 yards Sunday against the Falcons.
Impact: 46 of Nelson's 85 yards came on a single play, a nice boost for fantasy owners, given his relative lack of production before that play without QB Aaron Rodgers. He has struggled a bit in the three games with Matt Flynn under center, failing to catch more than four passes and averaging just 52.3 yards per game in that span. He'll look to bounce back with an enticing Week 15 matchup against the Cowboys in Dallas.
James Starks - #44 - Running back - 6'2" - 218lbs
News: Starks had seven carries for 19 yards Sunday against the Falcons.
Impact: Eddie Lacy left the game briefly with an ankle injury, which prompted Starks to get a few bonus carries. However, Lacy was able to return in the second half, which halted Starks' potential boost in fantasy value. As long as Lacy is healthy enough to play, Starks will continue to see single-digit backup carries.
Andrew Quarless - #81 - Tight End - 6'4" - 252lbs
News: Quarless had six catches on seven targets for 66 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Falcons.
Impact: The Packers' passing attack was far from prolific Sunday with Matt Flynn under center, as Quarless lead the team in targets and catches, while catching the lone passing touchdown. It was his first score of the season and the 66 yards were a season-high, which shows that he's a bit of a limited fantasy option. That being said, he does have a promising matchup in Week 15 against the Cowboys.
News: Flynn completed 24-of-32 passes for 258 yards, with one touchdown and one interception Sunday against the Falcons. He also added 28 rushing yards on six carries.
Impact: Despite bitter cold temperatures in Green Bay on Sunday, Flynn was quite accurate, connecting with eight different receivers. His lone-touchdown pass went to tight end Andrew Quarless, who scored on the two-yard pass play in the fourth quarter to give the Packers the lead for good. While Flynn isn't likely to put up huge numbers any given week, he does have a promising Week 15 matchup at Dallas, as long as Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) is still unable to play.
News: Lacy (ankle) had 20 carries for 65 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as three catches on five targets for 25 receiving yards Sunday against the Falcons.
Impact: Lacy injured his right ankle in the first half, but was able to return after halftime. It obviously wasn't a huge issue, as he was still able to reach the 20-carry mark for the eighth time this season. He remains the clearcut workhorse in Green Bay, with a very solid matchup in Week 15 against the Cowboys.
News: The Packers announced that Lacy is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Atlanta, due to an ankle injury, according to the FOX broadcast. He is back on the sidelines, after starting the third quarter in the locker room.
Impact: Lacy has his ankle heavily tapped and padded and is doing some running and cutting on the sideline to test his mobility. However, James Starks was in the Packers' backfield for the first two drives of the second half.
News: Lacy limped off the field at the end of the first half of Sunday's game against Atlanta and did not return from the locker room at the start of the third quarter.
Impact: The Packers made the questionable decision to give Lacy a carry on third-and-long with just 15 seconds left in the first half, and he appeared to injure his leg on the play. We'll provide an update, once the Packers release some information about the injury.
Kahlil Bell - #22 - Running back - 5'11" - 216lbs
News: Bell is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Impact: Green Bay added Bell as extra running back depth, but with Eddie Lacy and James Starks both healthy, there is no room for him on the gameday roster.
News: Bostick (concussion) is active for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Impact: Bostick seems to slowly earning more opportunities, with all five of his receptions this season coming in his last three games. Still, you would need to be a pretty deep league to consider deploying him this week.
News: Neal (abdomen) is active for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Impact: With fellow linebacker Nick Perry back at full strength, Neal may be pushed back to a reserve role at outside linebacker, limiting his opportunities this week.
News: Perry (foot) is active for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Impact: Thanks to various injuries, Perry has played just four games in the last nine weeks, but he does have four sacks during that stretch, and he should be fairly healthy against the Falcons.
News: Bostick (concussion) is probable for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Tyler Dunne reports.
Impact: Bostick has yet to earn a big enough role in the Green Bay offense to be a recommended fantasy consideration, but he's a player to watch for scouting purposes at the least. The athletic tight end is averaging 10.2 yards per target this year.
News: Neal (abdomen) is probable for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Tyler Dunne reports.
Impact: Neal will be available for Green Bay on Sunday, but his prominence in the Packers defense has lessened in light of Nick Perry's return to the field.
News: Perry (foot) is probable for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Tyler Dunne reports.
Impact: Perry has had durability issues this year, but he's taking advantage of the single-blocking he sees opposite Clay Matthews when he does play. Perry has four sacks in his last four games.
News: With Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) out for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Flynn will start.
Impact: Flynn took the first-team reps Friday and will start despite his hopelessly poor play against the Lions on Thanksgiving. It's not good news for owners of Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin.
News: Rodgers (collarbone) is out for Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Impact: Matt Flynn will start Sunday's game, which is grim news for owners of Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin. The Packers will have very little chance of making the playoffs if they lose Sunday, so a loss would significantly heighten the chances of Green Bay shutting down Rodgers for the season. His owners should cross their fingers with the hope that Flynn improbably plays at a competent level.
News: Rodgers (collarbone) watched Matt Flynn work with the first-team offense when Green Bay began practice Friday, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Bob McGinn reports.
Impact: Nothing official has been stated at this point and Green Bay's practice isn't over, but this news still makes it appear as if Matt Flynn will start for Green Bay on Sunday. Even against a weak Atlanta defense, that's bad news for owners of Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin.
Thu. Dec 5, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Rodgers, who wore pads for the first time Thursday since sustaining a broken collarbone, fit in a bit more work in individual drills, Paul Imig of FOX Sports Wisconsin reports. However, Mike McCarthy stated, "Aaron Rodgers has not been cleared by the medical staff."
Impact: On a positive note, Rodgers was able to practice in pads, but yielding snaps to Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien in Thursday's practice isn't a development that owners want to hear at this time. No matter, Rodgers' fate is expected to be known by Friday, or Saturday at the latest, which should make any lineup decision that must be made an easier one.
Tramon Williams - #38 - Cornerback - 5'11" - 191lbs
Thu. Dec 5, 2013 | STATS
News: Williams has been fined $26,250 for contact with an official, per NFL guidelines. Williams told reporters Thursday that he planned to appeal. He said he didn't realize he had made contact with the official, and meant no harm.
Impact: The contact occurred after a Lions touchdown early in the fourth quarter of Green Bay's 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. A replay appeared to show Williams looking away while walking forward, just behind Lions center Dominic Raiola, when the official crossed in between the two players. Williams received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Thu. Dec 5, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Rodgers (collarbone) was donning pads during Thursday's practice, but Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien were getting most of the reps under center, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: The development seems to intimate that the Packers are leaning toward a fifth consecutive inactive status for Rodgers, especially after he took snaps with the second team Wednesday behind Flynn, who worked with the starters. Rodgers' ultimate activity level should be known once drills are complete, but considering the news, Flynn seems poised to start again, with Tolzien acting as the primary backup QB.
News: Rodgers stated Wednesday that a decision on his status for Sunday's game versus the Falcons will be made by Friday or Saturday at the latest, FOX Sports Wisconsin reports.
Impact: Rodgers was able to participate in all individual drills Wednesday in what was deemed a limited showing. He has yet to be ruled out for Week 14's tilt, but his evaluation Tuesday didn't reveal a positive result. Consequently, Matt Flynn is expected to take on QB duties Sunday unless Rodgers' healing left collarbone experiences a sudden recovery.
News: Bostick (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Bostick was unable to play Thanksgiving Day against the Lions after suffering the concussion just days before against the Vikings, but he looks to be ready to go for Week 14. Though the nominal No. 2 tight end for the Packers, with five catches for 92 yards and a touchdown in his last three games, he's still been much more productive than starter Andrew Quarless.
News: Rodgers (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Rodgers was zipping the ball around during individual drills but took all of his snaps from backup centers. Coach Mike McCarthy relayed that Rodgers won't undergo another X-ray, as he'll instead follow his rehab. To date, the quarterback hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons, but Matt Flynn is still expected to be under center, barring a positive development with Rodgers' healing left collarbone.
News: Perry (foot) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Impact: Perry returned to action last Thursday from a lengthy absence due to a foot concern, supplying five tackles (one solo), one sack, and one forced fumble. His limited reps are likely to aid in keeping him intact for the last four games this season, but expect his status to receive clarification by the weekend.
News: Neal (abdomen) didn't practice Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Neal has battled an abdominal injury the last few weeks but still produced in the past three games, accumulating 12 tackles (eight solo) and two sacks. His absence may be a precautionary measure, but expect his status to become more clear as the weekend draws near.
News: Rodgers (shoulder) took part in all individual drills during Wednesday's practice, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Despite the level of participation, Rodgers was taking snaps from the reserve centers, which implies that he has yet to receive clearance from the Packers' medical staff. He hasn't been ruled out for Sunday's contest, either, but after a less-than-positive evaluation Tuesday, the team would likely be best served keeping him on the sideline for another week. If he missed a fifth consecutive game, Matt Flynn will garner another start at quarterback.
Randall Cobb - #18 - Wide Receiver - 5'10" - 192lbs
News: Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday that Cobb (knee) has not been cleared for practice.
Impact: With Cobb still not able to practice, an activation for the team's Week 15 matchup against the Cowboys, the first game for which he is eligible to be activated, appears unlikely. One more loss will pretty much eliminate the Packers from playoff contention, and if that happens, Cobb may just be shut down.
Jerron McMillian - #22 - Safety - 5'11" - 203lbs
News: McMillian was released by the Packers on Tuesday, the team's official website reports.
Impact: McMillian started the Packers' first two games of this season due to Morgan Burnett's hamstring injury, but was replaced by a rookie in Week 3 after playing poorly. Since then, McMillian played just seven defensive snaps in Green Bay's last seven games. His release opens room for veteran running back Kahlil Bell, who was signed Monday.
News: Flynn will take the first-team reps in practice Wednesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Even after completely embarrassing the franchise on national television last Thursday, Flynn is still the choice to lead the first unit in practice, and will likely get another start if Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) is not cleared to return. Coach Mike McCarthy would not rule out Rodgers playing Sunday against Atlanta, but if the Packers feel they could be endangering his long-term health, they will likely sit Rodgers down again.
News: Rodgers (collarbone) has not been cleared to play, but he will practice Wednesday and has not been ruled out for Sunday's game against Atlanta, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Regardless of Rodgers' desire to play, the medical staff still has not signed off on his return to action, though it's not out the question that he could be cleared by Sunday. Coach Mike McCarthy said Matt Flynn will take the first-team reps in practice Wednesday, but added that the team will "see what [Rodgers] can do." He also refuted reports that the team has discussed shutting Rodgers down for the season.
News: Rodgers (collarbone) will have further tests Tuesday to determine how much healing has taken place, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.
Impact: Depending on the results, Rodgers' status for the Week 14 game against the Falcons should become more clear. In his absence, the Packers have fallen to a position where they almost certainly need to win their four remaining regular-season games to have a chance at making the playoffs.
Kahlil Bell - #22 - Running back - 5'11" - 216lbs
Mon. Dec 2, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Bell will sign with the Packers, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
Impact: With Johnathan Franklin (concussion) on IR, Bell gives the Packers some running back depth behind Eddie Lacy and James Starks.
Dec 1, 2013 | RotoWire
News: While Rodgers (collarbone) has been targeting a Dec. 8 return to action, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that a source tells him that the QB would "be lucky" to be able to return to action next weekend.
Impact: Though we suppose Rodgers' prospects could improve, as Week 14's contest against the Falcons approaches, he is looking iffy for that contest, at this point.
Fri. Nov 29, 2013 | STATS
News: Flynn was 10 of 20 for 139 yards with an interception Thursday. He also was sacked seven times.
Impact: The Packers need Aaron Rodgers to get healthy fast.
Fri. Nov 29, 2013 | STATS
News: Lacy was held to 16 yards on 10 carries against the Lions on Thursday.
Impact: This was the second time in three games that Lacy has failed to gain 30 yards rushing.
Fri. Nov 29, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike McCarthy is unsure of whether Rodgers (collarbone) will be able to play against Atlanta on Dec. 8, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: Rodgers remains hopeful of a potential return against the Falcons, but it's simply too early to know where he'll be in the recovery process at that point. If Rodgers doesn't play, it's fair to wonder whether the Packers might play Scott Tolzien over Matt Flynn, as Flynn was remarkably bad against Detroit on Thursday.
Ryan Taylor - #82 - Tight End - 6'3" - 254lbs
News: Taylor has left Thursday's game and is undergoing an evaluation for a possible concussion.
Impact: Taylor was smashed between two defenders after a third-quarter catch, remaining on the ground before jogging to the sidelines under his own power. Further tests on the sideline then prompted the team's medical staff to take him to the locker room to learn if a concussion in fact occurred. The injury leaves the Packers with just two healthy tight ends, Andrew Quarless and Jake Stoneburner.
News: Jones tallied three catches (on five targets) for 79 yards during Thursday's blowout loss in Detroit.
Impact: Jones hauled in a 56-yard reception during garbage time, which accounted for more than 40 percent of the Packers' offensive production against a ferocious Lions defense. He was thus the lone bright spot, at least fantasy-wise, in an otherwise miserable performance. However, with news that Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) hopes to return in Week 14 against the Falcons, Jones, Jordy Nelson, and company could soon be consistent forces, as a handful of fantasy playoffs begin play.
News: Lacy couldn't find any daylight Thursday, taking 10 carries for 16 yards and two receptions (on four targets) for 23 yards, in a 40-10 defeat at Detroit.
Impact: The Lions rank in the top 10 in least number of yards allowed per attempt and per game, and it showed Thursday, with the Lions content to allow reserve QB Matt Flynn to beat them through the air. The pressure didn't provide much room for Lacy to operate, and his worst performance of the season soon followed. The Packers at least have more than a week to rest up in preparation for the Falcons in Week 14, when Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) may return and provide more confidence that Lacy will produce with some fantasy playoffs opening play.
News: Flynn floundered during Thursday's loss at Detroit, completing just 10-of-20 passes for 139 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
Impact: The return of Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) can't come soon enough for the Packers, who fell to 0-3-1 in his absence. The third quarterback to start in the meantime, Flynn was hammered by Detroit's cadre of pass rushers throughout the contest, enduring seven sacks for 37 yards lost and losing both of his fumbles on the afternoon. The three turnovers surprisingly led to no points against during a game in which the Lions reeled off 40, but an overall lack of accuracy combined with numerous third-and-longs resulted in six Tim Masthay punts. Following the performance, coach Mike McCarthy could turn back to Scott Tolzien, if Rodgers is unable to go in Week 14.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | STATS
News: Shields is back in the lineup Thursday for the Packers.
Impact: He missed the previous game with a hamstring injury.
Evan Dietrich-Smith - #62 - Center - 6'2" - 308lbs
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | STATS
News: Dietrich-Smith has left its game at Detroit with a knee injury, and his return is questionable.
Impact: Dietrich-Smith is the lineman who was stomped on by Detroit's Ndamukong Suh in a Thanksgiving game two years ago. On Thursday, he appeared to have his right foot stepped on by a teammate while blocking near the end of the second quarter.
News: Rodgers (shoulder) stated before Thursday's game in Detroit that he hopes to return next week versus the Falcons, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: In a conversation with Bob Holtzman, Rodgers said that he's unsure if the small fracture to his left collarbone has healed fully. Because he's more than three weeks removed from sustaining the injury, he has yet to regain strength and flexibility in the region, and no X-rays have been performed of late. During Thursday's pregame warmups, though, he uncorked a 50-yard pass with ease, so it's clear that the QB's health has improved significantly. In his stead, Matt Flynn will garner the start Thursday, but Rodgers' progress in practice next will go a long way toward forecasting his return to the field.
News: Perry (foot/ankle) is listed as active Thursday at Detroit.
Impact: Due to an ailing foot, Perry is suiting up for just the second time in seven games, but his likely snap count is unknown, which may imply a split of sorts with Mike Neal (abdomen) at weakside linebacker.
News: Shields (hamstring) is active for Thursday's game in Detroit.
Impact: With Shields back in the fold for the first time in four contests, the Packers' secondary is suddenly intact. His likely assignment of Calvin Johnson (knee) is a difficult one, but Shields is due for an interception considering his career mark of one pick every 4.8 games.
News: Bostick (concussion) is inactive for Thursday's game at Detroit.
Impact: Bostick will predictably take a seat in Week 13, after he was unable to emerge from the league's protocol for head injuries just four days removed from sustaining a concussion. No matter, Andrew Quarless remains the No. 1 tight end on the Packers, however uninspiring that is for fantasy purposes.
News: Franklin (concussion/neck) didn't practice Wednesday and has been ruled out for Thursday's game in Detroit, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: With Franklin out, the Packers' picture at running back changes little, as Eddie Lacy receives the bulk of the carries and James Starks occasionally spells him.
News: Shields practiced fully Wednesday and is listed as probable for Thursday's game at Detroit, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Shields' presence in the Packers' secondary will be imperative in defending the force of nature that is Calvin Johnson. Making his first appearance since Week 10, Shields is likely close to full health considering his activity level Wednesday.
News: Bostick (concussion) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game in Detroit.
Impact: Knocked out of Sunday's tilt with a head injury, Bostick was unable to practice all week, placing much doubt on his ability to support the tight end corps. His three-game streak with a reception will likely come to an end Thursday.
News: Perry (foot/ankle) is probable for Thursday's contest at Detroit.
Impact: Perry has made just one appearance during the last six games due to a banged-up foot, but his presence at drills this week, while limited, forecasts a return to the field in Week 13. However, his eventual snap count could be curbed, leaving Mike Neal (abdomen) to take on weakside linebacker in his place.
Wed. Nov 27, 2013 | STATS
News: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss his third consecutive game, and Matt Flynn will become the Green Bay Packers' fourth starting quarterback of the season Thursday when the Packers play the Lions in Detroit.
Impact: The Packers (5-5-1) are hoping Rodgers will return for their Dec. 8 game against Atlanta at Lambeau Field. Their hope is to stay in the NFC North race until Rodgers' returns. The Lions (6-5) and Bears (6-5) are tied for the division lead.
News: Franklin (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, USA Today reports.
Impact: With Franklin dropping out of the picture, the Packers have just three running backs -- Eddie Lacy, James Starks, and John Kuhn -- on the 53-man roster.
News: Flynn will start at quarterback Thursday in Detroit, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Flynn took the first-team reps in the limited amount of practice the Packers were able to fit in on such a short week. After tossing for 218 yards and a score in relief of Scott Tolzien this past Sunday, Flynn has a decent chance of succeeding against a Lions defense that has allowed two or more touchdown passes to quarterbacks in seven of the last eight games.
News: Rodgers (collarbone) has been ruled out for Thursday's game at Detroit, Rob Demovsky of the ESPN.com reports.
Impact: There was a sliver of hope, however tiny, that Rodgers would return to the field just three weeks removed from suffering a small fracture in his left collarbone. Nonetheless, he'll now be afforded plenty of time to recover in time for the Packers' next tilt on Dec. 8 against the Falcons, for which he may be cleared. Matt Flynn will start in his stead in Week 13.
News: Rodgers (collarbone) is not expected to play in Green Bay's game this Thursday, ESPN reports.
Impact: Rodgers returned to practice for the first time Tuesday, but only participated on a limited basis in individual drills. While the star quarterback's broken collarbone is no longer giving him pain, areas for improvement with regards to flexibility and strength still exist. Consequently, Rodgers has not yet been cleared to play in a game. With the former MVP unlikely to go this Thursday, Matt Flynn took first-team snaps in Tuesday's practice and appears to be in line to start against the Lions. As such, Week 14 versus Atlanta looks to be the date of Rodgers' eagerly-anticipated return.
News: Perry (foot) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, the Packers' official website reports.
Impact: Perry has missed six of Green Bay's last seven games due to a foot injury, but after not practicing at all last week, the linebacker was able to participate in some capacity Tuesday. While it's somewhat encouraging to see Perry is back on the practice field, it's unclear whether he'll be healthy enough to play in the Packers' Thanksgiving tilt this Thursday. If he's ruled out once again, expect Mike Neal to get another start at outside linebacker.
News: Bostick (concussion) did not participate in Tuesday's practice, the Packers' official website reports.
Impact: Bostick was knocked out of Sunday's game with a head injury and given the quick turnaround the Packers face with their Thanksgiving game this week, the tight end will be hard-pressed to pass league protocol ahead of the contest. As a result, it's likely Andrew Quarless will start at tight end in Detroit.
News: Shields (hamstring) is expected to play Thursday against the Lions, Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com reports.
Impact: Shields has missed the last two games due to the hamstring injury, but it sounds like the Packers will get him back just in time to face the Lions' high-octane passing attack. He's expected to "open it up" on the practice field Wednesday, according to coach Mike McCarthy.
News: Flynn took the first-team reps in practice Tuesday and appears likely to start Thursday against the Lions, Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com reports.
Impact: Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) returned to practice Tuesday, but coach Mike McCarthy said that it "does not look like [Rodgers] will make it (for Thursday's game)." That opens the door for Flynn to make his third career start in a Packers uniform, after the 28-year-old led the team back from down 23-7 to earn a tie against the Vikings on Sunday. Flynn will face a favorable matchup with the Lions on Thursday, but he's still very much a reach outside of two-quarterback leagues. Look for Scott Tolzien to serve as the backup against Detroit.
News: Rodgers (collarbone) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, but coach Mike McCarthy said afterward that it "does not look like [Rodgers] will make it (for Thursday's game)," Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: McCarthy described it as a "big day" for Rodgers, who participated in individual drills in his return to practice, but the Packers' medical staff is reportedly unwilling to sign off on his return to game action. On Monday, McCarthy said Rodgers' chances of playing Thursday were "slim to none," but said Tuesday that they are "closer to none." Matt Flynn took the first-team reps and appears in line to start Thursday against the Lions, but Rodgers' chances of playing in Week 14 against Atlanta look promising.
News: Franklin (concussion) did not practice Tuesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Franklin appears unlikely to be available for Thursday's game against the Lions, as he still has not been cleared to return to the practice field. He hasn't received a carry since Week 7, but Franklin's absence would leave the Packers relatively thin at running back.
News: Rodgers (collarbone) was on the field for Tuesday's practice, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: On Monday, coach Mike McCarthy relayed that Rodgers' chances of playing Thursday against Detroit are "slim to none," but his return to practice bodes well for his chances of playing in Week 14. While it's not clear whether or not Rodgers has been cleared for contact, McCarthy will likely clear things up somewhat in his post-practice presser.
News: Franklin wouldn't have practiced Monday, if drills had been held, due to a concussion, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Franklin sustained his concussion during Sunday's opening kickoff, leaving his status for Thursday's game at Detroit up in the air. Because he's failed to receive a carry since Week 7, a span of five contests, his viability is next to nil as the fantasy playoffs draw closer.
News: Bostick wouldn't have practiced Monday, if drills had been held, due to a concussion, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: After hauling in one catch (on five targets) for 24 yards Sunday against the Vikings, Bostick's availability for Thursday's game in Detroit is in question due to a head injury. If he fails to receive clearance from the league's concussion protocol, Andrew Quarless would be the clear-cut top tight end in Green Bay's corps.
News: Coach Mike McCarthy relayed that Rodgers' chances of taking the field Thursday in Detroit are "slim to none," FOX Sports Wisconsin reports.
Impact: The Packers didn't hold practice Monday, but Rodgers would have been a non-participant, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today. McCarthy further stated that Rodgers will have to practice Wednesday in order to have any chance of suiting up Thursday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports, which places either Matt Flynn or Scott Tolzien into the QB picture for yet another week.
Mon. Nov 25, 2013 | STATS
News: Lacy rushed for 110 yards and a TD on 25 carries during Sunday's tie against the Vikings.
Impact: He rushed for 100 in the previous two contests.
Mon. Nov 25, 2013 | STATS
News: Flynn entered in relief of the ineffective Scott Tolzien to rally the Packers from a 23-7 deficit with 14:22 left in Sunday's tie with Minnesota. He threw for 218 yards with a TD.
Impact: It's unclear when Rodgers will be able to return. For now, McCarthy said he would need to evaluate the quarterback position looking ahead to Detroit.
News: Lacy left Sunday's game late in overtime with symptoms caused by his asthma, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Lacy ran all over the Vikings for much of the day but did not finish the contest when his respiratory condition acted up in the extra period. He noted that his asthma "is worse in the winter," so it could affect him over the season's final weeks with two home games and a game in Chicago still to come for the Packers. Still, the asthma didn't prevent Lacy from racking up 158 total yards prior to his exit, and it's unlikely it will be a factor this week with the Packers playing in a dome Thursday against the Lions.
Clay Matthews - #52 - Linebacker - 6'3" - 255lbs
News: Matthews (thumb) had four tackles (three solo) and two sacks in Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Impact: Any lingering concern about Matthews' thumb injury was effectively put to rest Sunday, as he finally appeared to be back to his old self. He's done some damage in the sack department when he's been on the field this year, racking up six sacks in just seven games.
Brad Jones - #59 - Linebacker - 6'3" - 242lbs
News: Jones had 10 tackles (six solo) and a sack in Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Impact: Jones has been putting up numbers over the last two weeks, totaling 23 tackles (17 solo) and two sacks. He has been an effective IDP option when healthy this season, racking up 59 tackles (46 solo) and three sacks in the eight games in which he's played.
Morgan Burnett - #42 - Safety - 6'1" - 209lbs
News: Burnett recorded 12 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Impact: Burnett has upped his tackle rate of late and is now up to 37 tackles (22 solo) over his last four games.
A.J. Hawk - #50 - Linebacker - 6'1" - 247lbs
News: Hawk had 11 tackles (nine solo) and a sack in Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Impact: Hawk reached double-digit tackles for the third time this season and increased his career-best sack total to five. He needs just nine more tackles to reach the century mark for the fifth time in his career.
Mason Crosby - #2 - Kicker - 6'1" - 207lbs
News: Crosby made two field goals and two extra points in Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Impact: Crosby is still doing a good job making kicks, but both of his attempts came from in close, and he has tallied just one make from beyond 40 yards over his last four games.
News: Bostick caught one pass for 24 yards in Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Impact: Bostick was targeted a season-high five times in the game but was unable to manage more than the lone catch. He will be a risky Week 13 play, having caught just five passes for 92 yards and a touchdown in the three games in which he's seen action this season.
Jordy Nelson - #87 - Wide Receiver - 6'3" - 217lbs
News: Nelson caught four passes for 58 yards in Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Impact: Nelson was coming off a big Week 11 game against the Giants but was relatively quiet Sunday, outside of a 34-yard catch early in the game. Despite his low output, it was just the third time all season he's finished with fewer than 60 receiving yards in a game.
News: Jones caught seven passes for 80 yards in Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Impact: Jones saw 12 targets Sunday, which nearly matched the 16 total looks he saw over the previous three games and was the most he has seen in a game since Week 1. It remains to be seen who will be under center for the Packers in their next game Thursday, but Jones' performance Sunday, particularly after Matt Flynn entered the game, should give owners some optimism about his value for Week 13.
James Starks - #44 - Running back - 6'2" - 218lbs
News: Starks ran the ball three times for 37 yards and caught one pass for minus-five yards in Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Impact: Starks gained 34 of his yards on one burst but was held in check by the Vikings for the most part. He is averaging 5.8 yards per carry on the season but has received just 24 total touches over the last five games.
Scott Tolzien - #16 - Quarterback - 6'2" - 213lbs
News: Tolzien was replaced by Matt Flynn at quarterback during the third quarter of Sunday's game, the Packers' official Twitter account reports.
Impact: Tolzien, despite a savvy touchdown run early on, struggled during Sunday's contest, completing just 7-of-17 passes for 98 yards. With the Packers in need of a win, coach Mike McCarthy decided a change was required and opted to try his hand with Flynn, who will likely finish the game at quarterback.
News: Flynn replaced Scott Tolzien at quarterback during the third quarter of Sunday's game, the Packers' official Twitter account reports.
Impact: Flynn entered Sunday's critical game, after Tolzien struggled through just over a half of play. With the Packers in need of a win and currently trailing, expect Flynn to lead Green Bay's comeback effort.
News: Coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday that he has no idea whether Rodgers will be able to play in Thursday's game against the Lions, ESPN's Jason Wilde reports.
Impact: Rodgers previously said that he'll need to practice at least one time, before returning to action. Should Rodgers miss another game, Matt Flynn figures to start at quarterback, after erasing a 23-7 deficit in Sunday's tie with the Vikings.
Jarrett Boykin - #11 - Wide Receiver - 6'2" - 218lbs
News: Boykin had five catches on 10 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Vikings.
Impact: Boykin's touchdown came on a pass from Matt Flynn, who entered the game in the first half, after Scott Tolzien was benched for ineffective play. Despite the numerous changes under center lately for the Packers, Boykin has been fairly consistent since joining the starting lineup, catching a touchdown or recording at least 89 yards in five of the last six games.
News: Lacy had 25 carries for 110 rushing yards and a touchdown, as well as six catches on six targets for 48 receiving yards during Sunday's 26-26 tie with the Vikings.
Impact: Lacy has now found the end zone in five of his last six games, averaging just over 89 rushing yards per game over that span. With the quarterback situation in flux right now in Green Bay, Lacy will remain the team's workhorse back, heading into Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Lions.
News: Flynn completed 21-of-36 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 26-26 tie with the Vikings.
Impact: Flynn came on for the ineffective Scott Tolzien and did his best to get the Packers back in the game, leading them from a 23-7 deficit to a game-tying field goal by Mason Crosby with 46 seconds left in regulation. He even led them on a field goal scoring drive to open the overtime period, although he wasn't able to grab any more points after that. Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) still hasn't practiced yet, making his availability for Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Lions unlikely, which means Flynn could be under center again with a promising fantasy matchup.
Casey Hayward - #29 - Cornerback - 5'11" - 192lbs
Sat. Nov 23, 2013 | STATS
News: The Packers have placed Casey Hayward on injured reserve, ending a tough season for the second-year cornerback.
Impact: Hayward has been bothered all season by a hamstring injury. He played just three games, starting one. Hayward led rookies last season with a team-high six interceptions.