Injury report: Shortage at cornerback

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If the Green Bay Packers had been playing a game on Thursday, they would not have had enough cornerbacks available to play their dime defense, a package that last week included four cornerbacks and two safeties.

With Micah Hyde (groin) added to the injury list, coach Mike McCarthy had only three cornerbacks -- Tramon Williams, Davon House and Jarrett Bush -- available for practice.

"I'm not going to get into exactly how I did it," McCarthy said, "but we have enough."

Hyde, who practiced on Wednesday, was pressed into duty as the third cornerback in the nickel defense last week after Sam Shields (hamstring) was a late scratch against the New York Giants. Bush then played as the dime cornerback. Hyde spent most of the game covering Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who caught eight passes for 110 yards.

"Ha. It might have been from chasing Victor Cruz a little bit," Hyde said jokingly of his injury. "No, I lifted the next day a little bit, too, and it might be something that has it sore now, too."

Hyde insisted that he would practice on Friday and play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Even if he returns, that would likely leave the Packers with only four cornerbacks. Casey Hayward (hamstring), James Nixon (knee) and Shields have not practiced all week.

It also could impact special teams given that Hyde is the primary kickoff and punt returner.

"Micah, I fully expect him to be there," special teams coach Shawn Slocum said. "But Johnathan Franklin and Myles White's done a good job at practice, and we've got Tramon [Williams] and Jordy [Nelson] that are available."

Meanwhile, linebacker Clay Matthews said he expects to play with the same, smaller cast that he used against the Giants to protect his broken right thumb. That cast allowed him to use his fingers while immobilizing his thumb. A week earlier against the Philadelphia Eagles, Matthews' entire hand was covered and he could not grab anything.

"Well it was a lot easier than playing with the club," Matthews said. "Obviously you never want to play with any limitations in respect to this obviously with your hands, especially the position I play. It was in fact a lot better for me to have my fingers out and to be more comfortable throwing it around there along with the healing the process."

In another injury-related note, backup quarterback Seneca Wallace, who was placed on injured reserve because of the groin injury he sustained on Nov. 10 against the Eagles, has not been taking part in meetings, according to quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo. McAdoo said he has not seen Wallace since the day after his injury. It's not unusual for a veteran player on injured reserve to leave, especially one that is not under contract for next season.

Here's the full injury report:

  • T Don Barclay (knee, did not practice)

  • C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee, limited participation)

  • CB Casey Hayward (hamstring, did not practice)

  • CB Micah Hyde (groin, did not practice)

  • DT Johnny Jolly (groin, did not practice)

  • LB Clay Matthews (thumb, full participation)

  • LB Andy Mulumba (ankle, limited participation)

  • LB Mike Neal (abdomen, limited participation)

  • CB James Nixon (knee, did not practice)

  • LB Nick Perry (foot/ankle, did not practice)

  • DT Ryan Pickett (knee, limited participation)

  • QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone, did not practice)

  • CB Sam Shields (hamstring, did not practice)