Notebook: Driver's Streak Will End

WR Donald Driver (Jim Luzzi/Getty)

Veteran receiver Donald Driver, who had his 133-game streak with a catch end two games ago, will be held out of Sunday night's game against Dallas. That and more from Wednesday.

Other than being held out of the 2007 regular-season finale to be rested for the playoffs, Donald Driver has played in 115 consecutive games.

That streak will end on Sunday.

Coach Mike McCarthy announced on Wednesday that Driver will be rested because of an injured quad. Driver's last game missed because of injury? The Week 2 game against Detroit in 2003 because of a sprained neck sustained in the opener against Minnesota.

"I think it tells you the type of person he is," McCarthy said.

Driver missed the Friday practice before the Week 6 game against Miami because of a bruise, then compounded the problem with a strain. Driver caught three balls for 31 yards in the Miami game on Oct. 17, running his consecutive-games streak to 133, but was shutout against Minnesota and the Jets.

While McCarthy disputed the notion that he's saving Driver for later in the season, by skipping this game and then getting the bye, the Packers hope he will get up to full speed quicker.

"He is on crutches, and just playing the last two weeks has made it worse," McCarthy said. "But just speaking with Donald again this morning, I think he'll be ready once we come off the bye. That's what we're shooting for. It's something that he has been dealing with the past month and it is best to shut him down."

Even with the two-game catchless streak, Driver ranks second on the team with 28 receptions and three touchdown catches. Jordy Nelson (22 catches, 239 yards) and James Jones (19 catches, 284 yards) will be the primary receivers to pick up the slack. Brett Swain, who made his first career catch last week, saw ample playing time in the second half.

Harris, Bigby on hold

The Packers released defensive end Michael Montgomery on Tuesday, and that spot will remain open to add Al Harris, Atari Bigby or James Starks off the physically unable to perform list. That decision will be made on Saturday, McCarthy said.

"I don't know. It's not my call," Bigby said. "So we'll see what happens on Sunday. I'm feeling good. Feeling real good right now."

To add two of the players or all three, corresponding roster moves must be made. The Packers have until Monday to make a final determination on those players. If they're not added to the 53-man roster by then, they'll have to be put on injured reserve or released.

Packers injury report

Out: WR Donald Driver (quad); CB Pat Lee (ankle). Full participation: QB Aaron Rodgers (ankle). Did not participate: TE Andrew Quarless (shoulder). Limited participation: T Chad Clifton (hamstring/knee); G Daryn Colledge (back); S Nick Collins (knee); DE Cullen Jenkins (calf); LB Clay Matthews (shin); RB Dimitri Nance (ankle); DE Ryan Pickett (ankle); T Mark Tauscher (shoulder); CB Charles Woodson (toe).

Even with a new injury for Clifton (hamstring), McCarthy thought Clifton would be a full participant at practice on Thursday, like usual.

Cowboys injury report

Did not participate: T Marc Colombo (back); DE Jason Hatcher (groin); G Montrae Holland (groin); LB Bradie James (ankle); RB Felix Jones (ankle); CB Terence Newman (ribs); S Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (ankle); QB Tony Romo (shoulder). Full participation: G Kyle Kosier (ankle).

Four-point stance

— Punter Tim Masthay was named the NFC's special teams player of the week on Wednesday. Five of his eight punts pinned the Jets inside their 20-yard line. He's the second Packers punter to claim the honor, with the other being Craig Hentrick in 1994. Tramon Williams was nominated on defense, with Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib winning.

— At some point, the Packers will have a tough decision to make at right tackle between first-round pick Bryan Bulaga and veteran Mark Tauscher. McCarthy wasn't tipping his hand about the future, saying only that Bulaga would make his fifth consecutive start this week.

— Aaron Rodgers got a bit of a scare, and it had nothing to do with his ankle (which is fine): "One of our equipment guys was hiding in my locker in a mask. And there's a fake snake that goes around and people put in guys' lower lockers. And I opened up my locker. And everybody was kind of in on it, filming me. And I opened up my locker and saw something moving. I've been kind of expecting somebody to put an animal of some sort in my locker. And it was one of our equipment guys and it scared me pretty good. And everybody laughed."

— If you're going to be in the area for the game, Forrest Gregg will be signing copies of his book "Winning in the Trenches" at Lambeau Field from 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday and at the Shopko at Bay Park Square from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


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