Four Packers offensive linemen questionable for Thursday night

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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.

65 responses to “Four Packers offensive linemen questionable for Thursday night

  1. But Roger says Thursday games are no problem for the players. Integrity. Oh, and isn’t it a competitive advantage that both the Packers and Lions have a week off for their Thursday games?

  2. Now remember something from this: this is happening in the same league which is being run by a commissioner who insists that player safety is the number one priority.

    So why are weekly Thursday night games played every week (except the final week)? So the commissioner’s network (NFL network) can broadcast live NFL games.

    Do you believe that for Roger Goodell, safety trumps money? Not buying it.

  3. Of course that’s their only excuse to lose this game. Oh, our O-line aren’t healthy. Oh, this and that. Get over it, Packers are just plain suck n done. Season done, bye bye Packers.

  4. Thought Rodgers supposed to make every single one of them look good. Even the line men and defense. Oh wait, Rodgers rather dream about his dumb girlfriend than playing football tonight.

  5. Big PACK guy here. Geez. We are banged up in a position of weakness. Hate to say it, but i have a bad feeling about tonight. The season might unravel from hear if we’re not careful. GO PACK!!

  6. Is this how the Packers are responding to Rodgers’ complaining/whining? By tanking it with so-called injuries by the guys that are supposed to protect him?

  7. PFT would be more useful if the injury reports were split off from the Rumor Mill and given their own menu option. There’s a lot more information on the site than there was when it started. It can be hard to keep up.

  8. They don’t need real practice. They will practice on their video games instead. Aaron approved it because he got a new app he’s been busy with, “i-Insurance Salesman”.

  9. Aaron with one lineman is enough. He will tell the Lions to get off his lawn.

  10. I was going to pick the Lions easily over this over rated packer team. How they won six games is beyond belief but they played a flat Seattle team without their top running back, a crummy Chargers team who almost came back and won that one, a Chicago team with a new coach and scheme early on.
    So were going to hear the packer fans cry foul that the real team did not show up due to injuries. Hey did you ever think Ted T drafting all these great late round picks is getting guys who were injury prone to begin with and passed over by 31 other teams more than four times. DUH.
    Ted has been playing cheap ball for a while now and its finally starting to burn his arse.

  11. The Packers had no chance if they guys were healthy to begin with. Watch the last four games and you’ll see a lack of pass defense, lack of O line protection, receivers covered like blankets and a so so running game with or without Lacy.
    This just is not a good team and I expect 4 loses and a possible win over Dallas. No playoffs for you packers.

  12. Lions go from #1 pick in 2016 to playoff hopeful in just 3 weeks.

    Of course that has nothing to do with the fact that they play 3 primetime games in a row.

  13. This team is going nowhere in the playoffs IF they make it. I’m a Packers fan.

    But for Viking “fans” to think their team is going to do something this year is comical. Neither team has anything that resembles an offense. Not gonna win a playoff game when you can’t score more than 17 points with how the game is played now.

  14. Well, the Packers were supposed to win the game after the bye and didn’t- then they were going to win the game after the first loss, since they NEVER lose two in a row, but they didn’t- then they were going to beat the Lions, since the Lions NEVER win at Lambeau, but the Packers lost again. I’m thinking that since there is every reason for the Packers to lose, they’ll win tonight.

  15. Each team gets to dress a total of 46 players. If the Packers’ 46 play better than the Lions’ 46, the Packers will win. If the Lions’ 46 play better than the Packers’ 46, the Lions will win.

    The Lions have shown over the last 3 weeks, and especially on Thanksgiving, that their 46 can play very well. We shall see what happens tonight…

  16. ariani1985 says:
    Dec 3, 2015 8:16 AM
    Packer trolls in 3, 2, 1! Excuses!
    ==========================================

    How ironic that the biggest Vikings troll would whine about trolls.

  17. ariani1985 says:
    Dec 3, 2015 8:16 AM

    Packer trolls in 3, 2, 1! Excuses!

    As a Packers fan I have no excuses to make. Our team has been playing terrible plain and simple. And I have no positive expectations for tonight at all. As for all the fans who hate the Packers that’s ok. You have earned the right to hate success.

  18. Hey Rodgers Russ has some water he can sell you to heal your team. Or maybe God just isn’t a Packers fan anymore.

  19. The Lions are our biggest rival. They have our number. I fear for Aaron’s safety. The lineman won’t be able to help him. He’ll get hurt. Bad. Really bad.

  20. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Dec 3, 2015 11:00 AM

    Each team gets to dress a total of 46 players. If the Packers’ 46 play better than the Lions’ 46, the Packers will win. If the Lions’ 46 play better than the Packers’ 46, the Lions will win.

    _______________________________

    Are you Denny Green in real life?

  21. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Dec 3, 2015 11:00 AM

    Each team gets to dress a total of 46 players. If the Packers’ 46 play better than the Lions’ 46, the Packers will win. If the Lions’ 46 play better than the Packers’ 46, the Lions will win.

    _______________________________

    Or, perhaps, John Madden?

  22. tritz32 says:
    Dec 3, 2015 10:23 AM

    This team is going nowhere in the playoffs IF they make it. I’m a Packers fan.

    But for Viking “fans” to think their team is going to do something this year is comical. Neither team has anything that resembles an offense. Not gonna win a playoff game when you can’t score more than 17 points with how the game is played now.
    —————————————-
    This could be a decent post other than the part of the Vikings not being able to score more than 17 points. They’ve scored less than 20 only twice and one of them was a win. But the difference between the Packers and Vikings is the Vikings have the defense to hold their opponents under 17 points which they have done five times this year. In fact they give up an average of 17.7 ppg(rounded up).

    But to your point, I do agree their offensive line and Teddy will need to step up to go far in this years playoffs. They have a very tough schedule the rest of the season so if they happen to make the playoffs and do well over the next 5 game stretch, there’s no reason to believe they couldn’t win in the playoffs since they will be playing all playoff caliber teams.

  23. usedjock says:
    Dec 3, 2015 11:23 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Dec 3, 2015 8:16 AM

    Packer trolls in 3, 2, 1! Excuses!

    As a Packers fan I have no excuses to make. Our team has been playing terrible plain and simple. And I have no positive expectations for tonight at all. As for all the fans who hate the Packers that’s ok. You have earned the right to hate success.
    ———————————–
    As a Viking fan that actually respects the Packer organization, great post.

  24. As a Packers fan, a hometown fan at that,
    Something is wrong and we’re not sure exactly what the issues are. But the bottomline is if they can’t get over it they aren’t going anywhere IF they make the playoffs. Now I understand Viking fans and trolls are excited seeing they haven’t had anything to cheer about for a decade or more.
    Hate to break the news but you aren’t getting past the first round of playoffs either. As of now the only thing holding the Vikings to their record is A.D. They’re getting better but they’re not world beaters. Somehow I think the Packers clean it up and start to peak going into the playoffs. 2010 anyone ???

  25. At least my Lions don’t have Suh anymore so we are less likely to see some shameful behavior in this one.

    Game could go either way, but with the Pack’s offensive line so decimated, the Lions on paper appear to have the upper hand heading into this one. This will probably be an ugly, low scoring game where neither team looks particularly sharp.

  26. No worries.

    The refs got the memo that my Packers are supposed to win tonight – “Illegal contact, number blah blah blah on the Lions, automatic first down for Aaron” …

    They also got the memo that the Seahawks are supposed to beat those Vikings too so hooray !!!

    That would be great for the market so go refs go !!!

  27. 48 posts and I didn’t read one Packer fan making excuses for tonight but at least 20 Vikings Fans post whining about Packers fans making excuses. Hmmm, what’s wrong with this picture?

  28. vikesfan says:
    Dec 3, 2015 11:38 AM
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Dec 3, 2015 11:00 AM

    Each team gets to dress a total of 46 players. If the Packers’ 46 play better than the Lions’ 46, the Packers will win. If the Lions’ 46 play better than the Packers’ 46, the Lions will win.

    _______________________________

    Or, perhaps, John Madden?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The point was, injuries happen to every team. There can’t be excuses for injuries. You get 46. They get 46. Lace ’em up and see who’s better that day.

    If I was Madden it would have been:

    “Wellarghuh each team BAM! 46 and then you go out there and you BAM! and you arghrrruuu see what those big guysssuugh BAM! up front and BAM! they play off of BAM! and if arr, well, you better have your hat on. BAM!”

  29. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Dec 3, 2015 11:03 AM
    Thanksgiving was great, even though my Packers lost.

    We got to see the Packers.

    We got to see the Bears.

    We got to see the Lions.

    We…

    Thanksgiving was great.
    —-
    Right!? Then you saw the Vikings WIN a few days later. No wonder Thanksgiving was great for you…you hadnt completely lost the NFC North by that time.

  30. indycheezhed says:
    48 posts and I didn’t read one Packer fan making excuses for tonight…

    Check back tomorrow.

  31. Packer fans are in hiding, they’ll come out if they pull out a win tonight.

    Most Viking fans are realistic and came into the season expecting Teddy and the defense to take another step forward, AP to have a decent year and to compete for a wild card.

    Instead, we’re competing for the division due to AP having a monstrous year, the defense taking two giant steps forward and Teddy simply maintaining what he did last year, which, for a 23 year old (ask yourselves what you were doing at 23) that’s not surprising nor an indictment.

    What no one expected was GB’s offenses’ sudden collapse. Who knew that it was Jordy Nelson holding that offense up the whole time?! I guess that it being a bad idea to suit up WR’s that can’t break 5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, or catch, is a strange concept for the GB coaching staff.

  32. How come Brady can keep losing receivers and have no drop off even when they bring in guys off the street, but Rodgers can’t even get on the same page with receivers he’s had around him for years?

  33. Oh, Contra, will you never learn? Completely lost the North? On what purple planet?

    As much as you’d like them to end the season today so that you’d finally end up with something more than a participation ribbon, that’s just not how it works in the land of reality.

  34. I wouldn’t say Brady has had no drop off. His completion percentage has tanked in the past couple of weeks. However his yards per attempt is still better than what the Packers have been doing, so he does get a ton of credit there.

    Also, the Pats still had some depth going into last week. They still had Gronk up until the end of last week, and his backup Scott Chandler is better than any TE on the Packers roster. Both of those guys can cause matchup issues, Gronk cause he’s Gronk and Chandler because of his massive height.

    Right now the Packers aren’t really playing any guys that cause matchup problems. Probably the only guy that qualifies is Janis who would have a large size/speed advantage over anyone he is matched up with .

  35. I kind of feel sorry for Packer Fans. Trolls? NO, The true fans yes.
    I don’t think anybody wants to play the Lions right now. They have always had Talent, LAZY TALENT.
    They are getting paid so no big deal if they lost.
    Every starting position should be incentive pay only,
    put a 500K minimum for everybody else..
    I’ll bet the League would be much more exciting!

  36. Packer fans have to admit their Team Peaked Last year,
    The Chicken Hawks the year Before.
    My Vikings are on the rise but are not even close to challenging anybody in the Playoffs.
    With a 5th round Rookie leading the Wide Receivers
    an ego Maniac that is worn out,and drops balls hitting him in the middle of his chest in Wallace, they need a lot of offensive help.
    If Minnesota lets Zimmer draft Defense again this year without addressing the Offensive Line and Wide Receivers in every round but the 6th, he needs to be run out of town..
    But talk about run out, Green Bay’s Offensive Coordinator needs the same thing!

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