Teams playing on Thursday night are usually coming off a short week that can leave them shorthanded because injured players don’t have sufficient time to rebound.
The Packers and Lions aren’t in that position this Thursday. Both teams played on Thanksgiving, so they’ve had a full week to get ready for their matchup, but both teams still have plenty of injury-related question marks heading into the game.
Four of them ply their trade on the Packers offensive line. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga didn’t practice at all because of an ankle injury while right guard T.J. Lang was a limited participant all week due to a shoulder injury. Center Corey Linsley was also limited after missing Thanksgiving with an ankle injury and his backup J.C. Tretter was added to the list on Wednesday with an ankle issue of his own.
Wide receiver Ty Montgomery remains out, but Jared Abbrederis is probable to return to action. Cornerback Damarious Randall rounds out the questionable Packers after hurting his knee against the Bears last week.
On the Detroit side, safety Glover Quin is questionable with an ankle injury, but it doesn’t appear that his streak of 95 straight starts will be coming to an end. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson is also questionable and expected to play a week after scoring three times in a win over the Eagles.
Center Travis Swanson joins those two with an ankle issue, but the outlook is less clear after he missed practice Tuesday and would have missed Wednesday if the Lions had done more than a walkthrough. The same is true of defensive tackle Caraun Reid, but guard Larry Warford was able to practice all week after suffering a concussion on Thanksgiving.
Wide receiver Lance Moore is the only player ruled out for the Lions.