GREEN BAY – Nick Perry isn’t sure exactly which play he injured his hand in Atlanta two weeks ago, but the Packers linebacker wasn’t coming off the field.
After a quick sideline consultation, the training staff wrapped his fingers up and Perry went back out on the field, playing all but five defensive snaps against the Falcons.
“Fight through it, tape it up and do whatever makes it feel better for you to go out there and play,” said Perry when asked about his mindset on Wednesday. “You just make that adjustment.”
It wasn’t until after the game Perry realized surgery would be required to allow his hand to properly heal. With that realization, it became clear Perry would again need to bust out the all-too-familiar club he wore down the stretch last season.
Now, Perry is questionable to wear it in Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears.
The Packers listed both Perry and defensive tackle Mike Daniels as questionable to play against the Bears on Wednesday’s injury report, while starting tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga (ankle) are doubtful.
Cornerback Davon House (quad) has been ruled out for the second consecutive game. Receiver Randall Cobb (chest), safety Kentrell Brice (groin), defensive tackle Quinton Dial (chest), running back Ty Montgomery (wrist) and linebacker Jake Ryan (hamstring/concussion) were removed from the injury report and will play against Chicago.
Perry missed two games last December after breaking his left hand, but was still impactful once he came back with the club. He had three sacks in his first two games back and added another in the NFC Divisional playoff game in Dallas on Jan. 15.
While he’d rather have use of both hands, past club experience has served Perry well. He’s trained himself to use both hands when battling with offensive tackle, easing his comfort level rushing from both sides.
Perry only knows how to play one way – fast – and doesn’t plan on changing his style anytime soon. If he has to play with a club, he’s proven he can adapt to the circumstances.
“The one thing I don’t want to do is play soft or play relaxed and more laid back,” Perry said. “I go into practice and go into games with the mentality of just playing ball and letting loose. I think if I play hard and just give it all I got, I don’t worry about that thing.”
Daniels missed last week’s game with a hip injury, but returned to practice in a limited capacity Tuesday and Wednesday. It was the first game in Daniels’ five-year NFL career he’d missed due to injury.
“I finally got back on the field and moved around a little bit,” Daniels said. “It’s a short week so we didn’t get any hitting done – we’ll see how I feel there. It’s definitely going to be a game-time decision. I made a significant amount of progress. I’m optimistic.”
While the Packers will get Cobb back Thursday night, it’s possible they’ll be without both of their starting tackles. Both Bakhtiari and Bulaga practiced in a limited capacity this week, but have been dealing with lingering injuries.
First-year reserve Justin McCray has stepped in for Bulaga at right tackle in each of the past two games, but it remains to be seen how the Packers would replace Bakhtiari after second-year tackle Kyle Murphy landed on injured reserve this week with a foot injury.
The Packers filled Murphy’s spot on the active roster by signing Ulrick John off Arizona’s practice squad Tuesday.