Packers' WR Jennings out vs Texans

Associated Press Modified: October 13, 2012 at 4:16 am •  Published: October 13, 2012
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Jermichael Finley has little doubt about his playing status this weekend.

"I'm feeling good about Sunday," the Green Bay Packers tight end said Friday.

The outlook for some of Finley's teammates is not so rosy.

Green Bay (2-3), which has been rocked by injuries early in the season, will be missing another starter when it faces the unbeaten Texans (5-0) on Sunday night in Houston. The Packers ruled out receiver Greg Jennings on their injury report Friday.

Jennings, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has been sidelined since aggravating a groin injury in Green Bay's win over New Orleans on Sept. 30.

"We feel that he's probably at the spot where he was before he played against the Saints," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "So we're going to go probably another six days before we even attempt to test him, is our plan."

Running back Cedric Benson also won't play against the Texans. The Packers placed him on the new injured reserve/designated to return list this week after he injured his left foot in a loss at Indianapolis last Sunday.

Two other key players for Green Bay left that game with injuries: Finley (shoulder) and nose tackle B.J. Raji (ankle). Finley and Raji are questionable for the upcoming game.

Raji didn't practice this week. McCarthy said Finley and tight end D.J. Williams, who injured a hamstring in practice Wednesday and was out Thursday, jumped in for the last half of practice Friday.

"We got 'em as many reps as we possibly could, and we'll see how both of those guys are in the morning," McCarthy said.

Williams also is questionable for the matchup with the Texans.

The Packers weren't in pads for practice Friday. But McCarthy indicated the training staff tested Finley's injured right shoulder with contact in rehab work using a blocking sled before Finley rejoined the team for practice.

Finley said this week he had a partially dislocated AC joint in the shoulder.

With regard to getting Finley and also Williams possibly ready to play Sunday, McCarthy said: "We've done the best we can as far as the physical part."

"Now it's just about seeing how they are in the morning treatment and possibly maybe work both of those guys out before the game," McCarthy added.

Finley insisted earlier in the week he would play on Sunday, and remained positive following practice Friday.

"I'm glad I'm going to go, hopefully," Finley said. "Coach has got me as questionable. I went from doubtful to questionable. So it's looking good."

Finley doesn't foresee having any limitations with the bum shoulder, though he acknowledged his tolerance for contact in a game situation is an unknown variable.