Practice report: Perry's surprise return

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Less than two weeks after he suffered a foot injury against the Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Perry returned to practice on Friday.

It was a surprise considering that on Oct. 16, three days after Perry’s injury, coach Mike McCarthy said he expected to Perry to miss “a couple of weeks.”

Perry was ruled out of last week’s game against the Cleveland Browns. This week, he did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but was not immediately ruled out.

If Perry can suit up, even if only for emergency purposes, it would give the Packers four available outside linebackers for Sunday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Last week, they dressed only three -- Mike Neal plus rookies Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer.

Receiver James Jones (knee) was unable to return to practice and appears unlikely to play against the Vikings.

There was one other surprise at practice. Safety Jerron McMillian was not in attendance. The reason wasn’t immediately known.

The others who did not practice were: linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb), tight end Ryan Taylor (knee) and tight end Jermichael Finley (neck).

The full injury report will be released after practice.