GREEN BAY — Head Coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism on Saturday that LB Jake Ryan would be able to return to the field on Monday night after missing two games with an ankle injury.
“Talking with Jake, during practice, after practice, he feels good,” McCarthy said. “I’m very optimistic that he’s going to go. He’s a tough guy. Practice tomorrow, God forbid something happens, I see Jake playing.”
McCarthy also said he’s “very hopeful” CB Damarious Randall would be able to return to action also. Randall has missed the last five games, and six of the last seven, with a groin injury.
“Randall had a good day yesterday,” McCarthy said. “I feel good about the work he’s put in this week. He’s making progress and getting better.”
At right guard, the Packers are still undecided on starter T.J. Lang’s replacement. Lang is expected to miss a second straight game due to an ankle injury, with Don Barclay and rookie Jason Spriggs both taking snaps in practice to prepare. Barclay tried to play through a shoulder injury last week and was replaced by Spriggs at halftime, but Barclay has made progress in his recovery.
“Donnie practiced very well yesterday,” McCarthy said. “We’ve rolled Jason in there a little bit. Donnie is a little further ahead than I anticipated. We’ll take the full week of preparation.”
The Packers have one more on-field workout Sunday before boarding the team charter to fly to Philadelphia for Monday night’s game.