A brighter injury picture for the Packers

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy offered several encouraging injury updates, as well as an explanation of an unexpected weekend roster move, Monday afternoon. Here are the highlights of McCarthy's news conference at Lambeau Field:

  • Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett's triceps injury has been diagnosed as a strain. That means Pickett should return to play at some point this season. McCarthy wouldn't be pinned down on an exact timetable, as noted by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But the good news is that the injury isn't a full tear and won't end Pickett's season.

  • Defensive tackle Justin Harrell will return to practice Wednesday after spending the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list. McCarthy hasn't decided whether Harrell will play Sunday against Indianapolis.

  • A scan performed Monday showed "significant improvement" in the spleen of cornerback Al Harris, McCarthy said. It's "realistic" to believe Harris can play as early as Nov. 2 against Tennessee.

  • Rookie running back Kregg Lumpkin re-injured his hamstring during practice last Thursday, prompting the decision to place him on injured reserve.