Packers sifting through injury mess

Before I run out of gas on what has been what I'll call Sonday -- a Sunday that never really ended and has bled into Monday -- let's review what we know about the Green Bay Packers' long list of injuries and personnel questions stemming from their 42-24 victory against the Houston Texans on Sunday/Monday.

Courtesy the Twitter feed of ESPNMilwaukee.com reporter Jason Wilde:

  • Linebacker D.J. Smith will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury. Coach Mike McCarthy wouldn't say who will replace Smith in the lineup, but veteran Brad Jones handled the job against the Texans. Another option is Rob Francois, who was a fill-in starter in 2010.

  • Running back Brandon Saine is also lost for the season because of a knee injury. The Packers have already placed him on injured reserve and claimed running back Johnny White on waivers to replace him. Saine had strictly been a special-teams player this season.

  • Linebacker Nick Perry (knee) and cornerback Sam Shields (shin) don't appear to have long-term injuries. We'll find out Wednesday if they're going to practice this week.

  • McCarthy said second-year player Alex Green will remain the Packers' primary runner, answering our question from Sonday's Free Head Exam. McCarthy: "I was very pleased with Alex Green. Alex Green will be our lead running back."

  • If Shields needs to miss time, it's fair to assume that rookie Casey Hayward will take his place in the starting lineup.

OK. Barring more breaking news, I'll be back with you Tuesday morning.