Jeremy Thompson was released from the hospital on Saturday morning and coach Mike McCarthy expects the linebacker to make a complete recovery from a sprained neck.
“He’s doing very well,” McCarthy said after practice, one day after Thompson was taken away by ambulance after a collision with running back Kregg Lumpkin. “It’s just a scary situation for everybody and we’re just glad that he’s going to be OK.”
Whether Thompson will play again this season will “be determined,” McCarthy said. The coach refused to go into specifics about Thompson’s long-term future, however. Thompson’s shot at starting at right outside linebacker was ruined because of stingers early in training camp, and he also had a stinger as a rookie last year and at Wake Forest.
“He definitely has a history with stingers,” McCarthy said. “This is a positive day. Once again, you never want to see anybody in that situation. To see one of your players taken off the field yesterday was definitely a very nervous time for all of us.”
Chad Clifton was limited at practice for a third consecutive game, and despite getting only a few reps during 11-on-11 periods, there’s at least a decent chance he’ll be in the starting lineup for Monday’s big game against Baltimore.
“He probably could have did more,” McCarthy said. “I feel very good with the way he came out of the week. Today, the way he responded to his work yesterday was definitely a positive. We’ll see how the next 50 hours ago. It looks like he has a chance to be ready to go. I feel better about today than I did two days ago.”
Clifton’s availability is vital. His backup, T.J. Lang, didn’t practice again with a concussion but hasn’t been ruled out for the game. The fallback plan likely would be left guard Daryn Colledge moving outside, though McCarthy said right tackles Allen Barbre and Breno Giacomini have taken some reps on the left side.
Meanwhile, McCarthy and Mark Tauscher said that Tauscher probably is ready to play the whole game at right tackle. He had been getting an occasional break from Lang the last two weeks, but with Lang’s status iffy, it would be a lift to the offense if Tauscher can stay in for the entire game.
“I just go out and play. I planned on playing the entire game the last couple of games. Whatever the coaches decide to do is what I’m going to be up for,” Tauscher said.
Packers injury report
Out – LB Aaron Kampman (knee); LB Jeremy Thompson (knee). Questionable: OT T.J. Lang (concussion). Probable – RT Allen Barbre (ankle); LB Brandon Chillar (hand); LT Chad Clifton (hamstring); RB Ryan Grant (shoulder); RB Ahman Green (groin); fullback John Kuhn (hand); QB Aaron Rodgers (ribs); cornerback Charles Woodson (hip).
Everyone was listed as full participation except Clifton (limited), Lang (did not participate), Kampman (out) and Thompson (out).
Ravens injury report
Doubtful – TE L.J. Smith (ankle); LB Terrell Suggs (knee). Questionable – S K.J. Gerard (thigh); S Ed Reed (ankle and hip); CB Cary Williams (thigh). Probable – C Matt Birk (neck); LB Prescott Burgess (thigh); QB Joe Flacco (ankle); LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder); LB Ray Lewis (foot); FB Le’Ron McClain (chest); DT Haloti Ngata (ankle); WR Kelley Washington (illness); WR Demetrius Williams (illness).
The key players here are Pro Bowlers Reed and Suggs. Suggs did not practice all week and isn’t expected to play. Reed practiced for the first time all week but was limited, though he is expected to start.
— The Packers rank sixth in offense (11th rushing, sixth passing) and first in defense (fourth rushing, sixth passing). The Ravens rank 13th in offense (14th rushing, 13th passing) and 10th in defense (sixth rushing, 12th passing).
— Mike McCarthy is 2-5 on “Monday Night Football.” One of those losses came at Minnesota in Week 4. This will be McCarthy’s second home game on “MNF,” with the first being the season-opening win over Minnesota last season.
— You might not have realized it, but Ryan Grant ranks fourth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL with 890 rushing yards. Plus, his 1,080 yards from scrimmage hold the same rankings. Grant has been consistent but not flashy. Of those top seven backs in rushing yards, Grant is the only one without at least two 40-yard runs. Grant’s long run went for 37 yards.
-- Practice squad linebacker Cyril Obiozor, an undrafted rookie from Texas A&M, could be promoted to fill Aaron Kampman’s roster spot. Kampman remains on the active roster even though his season ended two weeks ago with a torn ACL.
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