Green Bay Packers hopeful wounded stars near return

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Updated: Dec. 26, 2012 at 10:11 a.m.

At a time in the season when teams are shutting players down, a handful of wounded Packers are close to playing again.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported this week that receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring), safety Charles Woodson (collarbone), running back Alex Green (concussion) and defensive end Jerel Worthy (hamstring) could all be back on the field for Sunday's season finale with the Minnesota Vikings.

"I'm hopeful a lot of those guys can get back. But we'll see," coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. "I know Jordy, talking with him, he feels like he's very close. Charles, he's waiting on information from the medical staff. He's very close. Alex Green, I was surprised that he wasn't available for (the Tennessee Titans) just based on the way that process, the result of the process, so he'll definitely be available."

The rash of injuries haven't slowed the Packers (11-4) down the stretch. Green Bay has won nine of its last 10 and will secure a first-round playoff bye with a win over the Vikings.

Something here recalls McCarthy's team from two seasons ago, a banged-up squad that ventured into the postseason with a string of players stashed away on injured reserve, only to win the Super Bowl. Those Packers seemed to get stronger as the season progressed, and this Green Bay team -- a little bit off the radar in 2012 -- is about as dangerous as any in the conference.