The Packers updated the status of running back James Starks on Monday and his chances of playing on Thanksgiving sound a little better than they did on Sunday.
Coach Mike McCarthy said that Starks has both a sprained knee and ankle and that he’s sore, but the running back plans to be on the practice field Tuesday. McCarthy said he’s looking better than anyone thought after Starks went down awkwardly during the game against the Buccaneers, so no one is ruling anything out just yet.
“We’ll see what he can do tomorrow at practice,” McCarthy said. “It feels like a normal day after a game. He tested out well and he has a chance to possibly do something on the field. That’s our plan with him.”
The short turnaround to a Thursday game still makes it hard to believe Starks will be in the lineup. The risk of aggravating the injury and losing Starks for a longer period of time would seem to be great enough to make giving him the game off and an extended period to get ready for Week 13 the most prudent course of action.