Injury update

Brandon Jackson

KGB, Jackson expected to be ready; Driver and Morency still questionable; Hodge scheduled for surgery

With the season opener just ahead, the Green Bay Packers a handful of key players who have been out due to injuries returned to practice on Sunday.

Donald Driver (foot) and running back Vernand Morency participated in some individual drills early, but not in team drills of the no pads practice. Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (knee) and running back Brandon Jackson (concussion) were not as limited.

"I'm healthy and everything's good," said Jackson. "I was sharp today, played fast, and not much error. I feel great. Hopefully I can be the guy to start. It's up to coach, but I'm going to do everything in my power to start."

Jackson is likely to start ahead of Morency, who has been sidelined since the first day of training camp. Morency said after practice that he hopes to be ready by Sunday, but he is still day to day.

Driver sustained a sprained foot Aug. 23 in a preseason game against Jacksonville. He said last Thursday that he will be ready to play against the Eagles.

The Packers are scheduled to practice in pads today, then are off Tuesday before resuming Wednesday in preparation for the Eagles.

Hodge to undergo surgery
General manager Ted Thompson said Sunday that Abdul Hodge will undergo surgery on both knees in the near future. The middle linebacker has been slowed since last season by tendonitis in both knees.

Hodge was passed up by rookie Desmond Bishop during training camp as the main backup to Nick Barnett.

Safety Tyrone Culver sustained a sprained shoulder last Thursday against Tennessee. The injury was more severe than what team doctors first thought, Thompson said, so he was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Offensive lineman Tyson Walter also was placed on injured reserve with a turf toe injury, according to Thompson.

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