GREEN BAY — Tight end Jared Cook continues to make progress with the ankle injury that’s sidelined him for the past five games.
Cook returned to practice last Thursday, but sat out of Sunday’s game against Indianapolis. He had six catches for 53 yards to start the season before injuring his ankle against Detroit on Sept. 25.
While Cook’s status for Sunday’s game against Tennessee is still up in the air, Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy has been encouraged by what he’s seen from the eighth-year tight end in his first week back at practice.
“It’s to get to the point where he’s practicing and exercising the game plan,” McCarthy said. “Obviously, he played good football for us there early. It would be great to get him healthy is really the focus.”
McCarthy said the team plans to increase the workload of Cook and running back James Starks (knee) during Thursday morning’s padded practice at Clarke Hinkle Field.
Starks has missed the last four games after undergoing a procedure on his knee.
McCarthy also said linebacker Clay Matthews will be a part of the rehab program on Thursday. Matthews was making progress with his injured hamstring before suffering a setback on Friday and missing Sunday’s game against the Colts.
“Hopefully, he’ll do more today,” McCarthy said. “Today will tell us a lot based on how much he goes. He’s scheduled to be in the early prehab group.”