Saturday, October 07, 2006

Green's Back, Driver Questionable, Brett Still Sore

The best thing about tomorrow's game versus the Rams is that it is being played at Lambeau Field. Granted, that has not been the home field advantage it once was and, to be honest, might not be for a while yet. The Rams are approximately 3 point favorites going into the game. Despite all this, well, at least it will be a good day to tailgate.

Starting RB Ahman Green may be ready to go tomorrow after sitting out a few days of practice. It's likely his carries will be limited, and that's assuming his tender hamstrings don't give him any problems. Vernand Morency will certainly get his share of carries, particularly after distinguishing himself with a 99-yard running game in his first start last weekend.

WR Donald Driver is still experiencing soreness in his side after that massive hit he took in last week's game. Doctors are apparently still trying to figure out exactly what the problem is. When watching that play I thought Driver would definitely wind up with a cracked rib. Guess not. But obviously he's still feeling the effects. Driver is listed as questionable for the game, which would -- as all fans know -- not be good. That would leave the Packers with only three wide receivers for the game given that Robert Ferguson is also out with a foot injury. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Koren Robinson would start at flanker alongside split end Greg Jennings. Free agent Ruvell Martin then would be the only backup unless the Packers made a roster move today and activated one of two wide receivers, Calvin Russell or Chris Francies, from the practice squad. (Head Coach Mike) McCarthy said a move was possible."

But also of concern on the offensive side of the ball is our starting quarterback. Brett is still experiencing soreness in his neck and back after being drilled in Philly. He says he's ready to go -- shocking, isn't it? -- but backup QB Aaron Rodgers took some snaps with the number one offense on Friday...just in case.

So we have, going into the fifth game of the season, a banged up offense and a defensive backfield that has resembled a sieve. Is it starting to look a lot like last year?