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Friday practice report: Trouble at running back? (updated)

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Packers could be down to only two available running backs for Sunday's game at Kansas City. Starter James Starks (ankle), who missed last week's game against the Raiders, was back on the practice field today for the first time all week but looked extremely limited. He still looks like a long shot to play this week. Backup Brandon Saine (concusssion) still hasn't returned to practice. If neither can play Sunday against the Chiefs, the Packers would be down to only Ryan Grant, who started against Oakland, and fullback John Kuhn. The Packers don't have another halfback on the practice squad but did add fullback Jon Hoese this week. Defensive lineman Ryan Pickett (concussion) also did not practice. We'll have the full injury report and an update from coach Mike McCarthy after practice at around 12:30 p.m. UPDATE (12:40 p.m.): Here's the full injury report: Desmond Bishop, LB Calf Did Not Participate Out Chad Clifton, T Hamstring/Back Out A.J. Hawk, LB Calf Full Participation Probable Greg Jennings, WR Knee Out Ryan Pickett, DE Concussion Did Not Participate Out Brandon Saine, RB Concussion Did Not Participate Questionable Josh Sitton, G Knee Limited Participation Questionable Vic So'oto, LB Back Full Participation Probable James Starks, RB Knee/Ankle Limited Participation Questionable McCarthy on: * Starks: Just did limited, pre-practice work, individual work. Based on what they tell me, he's similar to the Detroit week. Give him up to the game. Potentially work him out before the game. * Pickett: I am a little bit suprised, but with these type of injuries take the high side of caution. Will not make the trip. * Saine: We'll take him up until the game. * Sitton: Hope to know tomorrow. Looked fine. * RB depth: I'm hopefuly at least one of those two guys can go, but we're ready to go. We've gone with four RBs here in the past, but we feel like we're in good shape. * Tight ends/fullbacks: They're the same really, the way they're utilized. * Will Clements interview with Penn State today: I'm not aware of any interview to take place today. As far as Tom as a candidate, I think he'd be an outstanding candidate. ... The process of individuals being interviewed this  time of the year, college and NFL have been respectful of the timing. * Rather see one of your assistants go to college than  the NFL?: Would I prefer one of our assistants not to go down the street in the division, yeah. * Gurley's decision to stay here: Tori's done a great job, an up and coming player. Very pleased that Tori decided to stay with us. * Why haven't you lost in a year: Comes back to the team, have to start with the players, program in place that we're proud of but at the end of the day, players are playing at a higher level. * Quarless surgery: Saw him today, he didn't have the surgery yet. Spirits are high. Should be within a week. He's here going through rehab. History would tell you he would go into camp restricted.

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