GREEN BAY – The Packers have listed seven players as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
LT David Bakhtiari (hamstring), WR Randall Cobb (chest), DT Mike Daniels (hip), CB Davon House (quad), LBs Nick Perry (hand) and Jake Ryan (hamstring/concussion), and S Kentrell Brice are among those listed as doubtful. None of the seven practiced this week.
RT Bryan Bulaga (ankle) and WR Jordy Nelson (quad) are questionable to play after being limited in Thursday’s practice.
DT Montravius Adams (foot), LB Ahmad Brooks (concussion) and G Jahri Evans (groin) were all removed from the injury report and will play against the Bengals.
Bakhtiari missed last week's game in Atlanta after injuring his hamstring during a “freak accident” in Week 1 where he did the splits at the end of a play against Seattle. He finished the game, but hasn’t practiced since the incident.
Being it’s the first time the All-Pro left tackle has had a hamstring injury, the Packers have been taking a cautious approach with Bakhtiari, who considered himself lucky the incident didn’t result in a more severe injury than it was.
“Yeah, that’s a big man gut dropping down a little quick,” said Bakhtiari on Thursday. “I thought back on everything I’ve done in the offseason and am thankful I worked on stretching and worked on always being very flexible.”
If Bakhtiari doesn’t play, Kyle Murphy likely would make his second consecutive start at left tackle. On Thursday, Bakhtiari praised the job Murphy did against Atlanta.
“He showed a lot of poise,” Bakhtiari said. “That’s huge and I don’t think that’s something that you can see without looking at it in a more experienced viewpoint. On the field and off the field, poise is huge. I think that’s critical in your growth.”
Daniels is in danger of missing his first game since Week 5 of his rookie season in 2012. He popped up on the injury report last week with the hip injury, but still started against Atlanta.
He played seven defensive snaps against the Falcons before exiting the game and not returning.
“It’s definitely tough to not be out there (at practice) and to know I’ll potentially not be out there (Sunday),” Daniels said. “Fortunately, I haven’t had to be in this position in six years now, and it’s just kind of jumped out of nowhere. It’s just a matter of getting healthy and doing everything I need to do to get back out there.”
The timing of the injury was frustrating for Daniels, who was looking forward to matching up against All-Pro Geno Atkins, another shorter defensive tackle (6-1, 300) whom Daniels (6-0, 310) has been compared to in the past.
“Trust me that’s been in my head,” Daniels said. “Gosh, I was looking forward to that. So just continue to work on it and prayerfully have it go into the game.”
The Packers will conduct their final practice on Saturday.
The Bengals announced earlier on Friday they’ll be without starting TE Tyler Eifert, WR John Ross (knee) and G Trey Hopkins (knee). DE Michael Johnson (concussion, stinger), CB KelVarae Russell (hamstring) and S Derron Smith (ankle) were all listed as questionable.