GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers had a full house -- from Clay Matthews to Brad Jones to Davon House -- at practice on Wednesday, when they hit the field for the first time in preparation for Sunday's game at the Chicago Bears.
All 52 players on the roster (they remain one short after placing linebacker Andy Mulumba on injured reserve last week) were on the field and practicing.
The news was especially good for Matthews, who on Monday said he was unsure whether the groin injury he sustained in Sunday’s loss to the Lions would allow him to return this week The Packers outside linebacker finished Sunday's game on the bench after feeling a strain.
House also returned after being unable to finish the game because of a knee injury. He had a protective sleeve on his left knee at practice. The fourth-year cornerback is coming off perhaps his best career game. He played well in coverage against Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson and had an interception.
Wednesday also marked the return of Jones, the team's opening-day starting inside linebacker. He missed the past two games because of a quadriceps injury. However, given that Jamari Lattimore has been solid in relief of Jones, there is no guarantee that Jones will get his starting spot back.