Green Bay Packers Injury Updates

Packers DT Kenny Clark is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders with a calf injury that popped up during the practice week. Clark was a full participant Wednesday before sitting out Thursday and then returning to a limited Friday workout. We'll see about Clark's status Sunday morning.

Packers CB Jaire Alexander is inactive for today's game against the Lions. It's no surprise after his groin injury kept him out of practice all week, but Alexander hit the day questionable.

Packers CB Jaire Alexander left Sunday's win over the Jets in the 1st half with a groin injury and did not return. He previously missed a pair of October games with an injury to the same area. Alexander won't be worth the risk in Week 17 for most IDP owners even if he's active.

The Packers will place DT Kenny Clark on IR with the elbow injury that kept him out of Week 15, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The injury reportedly won't require surgery, so Clark should be set for 2019. That will be the final year on his current contract. Clark will still be just 23 when next season begins -- continued his statistical ascent this year, scoring as a top 15 fantasy D-lineman. Expect to find him in starter range when our 2019 IDP rankings come out.

Packers DT Kenny Clark is out for today's game against the Bears because of an elbow injury. That's a big blow to both the Green Bay run defense and the interior pass rush. It's also a big blow to IDP lineups, as Clark has been a season-long DL1.

Packers DT Kenny Clark is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears with an elbow injury that kept him out of practice all week. HC Joe Philbin indicated Friday that Clark doesn't necessarily need to practice to play: "He's played a lot of football ... so he has a good handle on what his job responsibility is and the scheme, etc." We'll check Clark's status Sunday morning. If he's active, go ahead and use him as you would normally for IDP lineups. Clark returned to last week's game (a lopsided win) after sustaining the injury.

Packers LB Blake Martinez (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He managed limited practices all week after an ankle injury that looked potentially serious. We'll check Martinez's status Sunday afternoon. The 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff is problematic, but he seems on track to play. Look to Chargers LBs Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perryman, Seahawks LB K.J. Wright and Eagles LB Nigel Bradham as potential insurance options.

Packers ILB Blake Martinez put in a limited practice Wednesday. That's noteworthy because it followed a Sunday night ankle injury that earned Martinez a cart ride to the locker room. He said earlier this week that he still hoped to play in Week 10. The fact that he took part at all Wednesday is encouraging.

Packers CB Jaire Alexander (groin) is inactive for today's game against the Lions. S Kentrell Brice is active after entering the day questionable with an ankle injury. Neither is much of an IDP candidate.

Packers S Kentrell Brice is questionable for Sunday's game at Detroit with an ankle injury that popped up in Thursday's practice. Brice was limited that day and Friday. He's not much of an IDP option even if active.

Packers DE Muhammad Wilkerson suffered a "significant" ankle injury in Sunday's game at Washington, HC Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday. The injury required Wilkerson to have an unspecified procedure on the ankle before he could travel back to Green Bay. We'll await further word on the injury, but it sure sounds like this will end Wilkerson's season. McCarthy also revealed Monday that OLB Nick Perry has entered the league concussion protocol. He'll need to clear that before playing in an upside sack matchup against the Bills on Sunday.

Update: ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports that Wilkerson's season is over.

Packers DE Muhammad Wilkerson left today's game at Washington on a cart after suffering an ankle injury. He has already been ruled out for the rest of the game. We'll see about the diagnosis.

After moving down from 14th, the Packers jumped back up to the 18th pick in the NFL Draft to select Louisville CB Jaire Alexander. The former Cardinal played just 6 games last season while dealing with multiple injuries. The year before, however, he grabbed 5 INTs. Alexander also served as a primary and productive punt returner over his 1st 2 seasons. There's big-play upside here.

Packers OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Lions. He's not a strong IDP candidate but helps the team D -- albeit in a spot you shouldn't be using it anyway. OLB Nick Perry is already out with an ankle injury.

Packers DE Mike Daniels left early in the 1st quarter of Sunday night's game in Atlanta with a hamstring injury. He was on the sideline in street clothes by the 2nd quarter. We'll see about the severity of the injury. Daniels entered the game questionable because of a hip issue.

Packers OLB Nick Perry is active for today's game against the Vikings after losing the past 2 weeks to a hand injury. His return helps the pass rush and adds upside to a sneaky team-defense play for fantasy owners. CB Damarious Randall (shoulder) is also active after entering the weekend questionable.

Packers OLB Clay Matthews has made his way off the team's injury report for Week 16. That's a bit surprising, as Matthews had previously said he expected his injured shoulder to stay short of 100% for the rest of the year. We'd bet it's still not back to full strength, which makes an already risky IDP option not worth using at this stage of the season. Matthews' presence -- as long as he's close to healthy -- at least enhances the upside of the Packers team D vs. a weak Minnesota offense.

The Packers have ruled OLB Nick Perry out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks with what HC Mike McCarthy deemed a "significant hand injury," according to The Associated Press. It's not a huge loss for IDP owners but does take arguably the team's top current pass rusher off the field.

Packers ILBs Blake Martinez (knee) and Jake Ryan (ankle) and OLB Clay Matthews (shoulder) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. Martinez and Ryan put in limited workouts all week and appear on track to return after missing multiple games. Matthews played through his injury last Monday night at Philly and returned to limited practices Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday. We'd guess he'll play as well. But we'll update the status for all 3 Sunday.

 
 
 

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