The 49ers and Packers released their first practice participation reports on Wednesday. We take a look at the implications for Saturday's NFC Divisional Round matchup.
The 49ers and Packers released their first injury reports of the week, and there are no huge shockers. The closest would be Randall Cobb sitting out practice, but that was due to an illness. We'll have to wait and see, but I'd imagine it won't be much more than a basic flu bug he can fight through.
The more pertinent injury for the Packers remains the ankle of wide receiver Jordy Nelson. He has struggled all season long with health issues. He was in the lineup last week, but limped off the field late in the game. The Packers have a strong corps of wide receivers, but injuries seem to have messed with the QB-WR rhythm at times. Randall Cobb and James Jones have emerged as go-to guys for Rodgers this season, so we'll see if it's even an issue on Sunday.
For the 49ers, Justin Smith is the main name, of course. However, the team is still nicked up elsewhere. The team is dealing with a variety of bumps and bruises, but the bye will hopefully get them back to full health for the most part. Will Tukuafu was inactive in the season finale with a neck issue, but he's had a week and a half to heal up. Tukuafu was limited during practices in Week 17, and appears likely to be limited all this week.
Limited participation: CB Tarell Brown (shoulder), S Dashon Goldson (shoulder), LB Clark Haggans (shoulder), RB Bruce Miller (shoulder), LB Aldon Smith (shoulder), DT Justin Smith (elbow, triceps), DT Will Tukuafu (neck)
Out (Definitely will not play): DE Jerel Worthy (knee)
Limited participation: LB Clay Matthews (knee), LB Dezman Moses (hamstring)