The Green Bay Packers’ shrinking injury list grew by two on Tuesday with tight end D.J. Williams sitting out of practice with an ankle injury and fellow tight end DeMarco Cosby withdrawing due to a hamstring injury.
Williams missed some time earlier this camp with a back injury, but said he was held out of Tuesday’s practice mostly as a precaution and still hopes to play in the team’s third preseason game on Thursday against Cincinnati.
The Packers have struggled to keep their tight ends healthy in camp. Along with Tom Crabtree, Cosby was the only other tight end of the team’s eight total that hasn’t missed practice due to injury.
“We’ll all be back out there,” said Williams of Thursday’s game. “It’s good having a full good group of guys out there to feed off each other, learn from each other and push each other. We just have a good group of guys, you’d think with eight guys in our room there would be a lot of hostility with making roster spots, but everyone is very helpful towards each other.”
The team didn’t rule out either player for Thursday’s game, but said nine players will not play in addition to the four individuals still on the physically unable to perform list.
Those nine were running back Du’ane Bennett (knee), linebacker Desmond Bishop (hamstring), tackle Andrew Datko (concussion), guard Ray Dominguez (ankle), fullback Jon Hoese (hamstring), cornerback Davon House (shoulder), running back Brandon Saine (hamstring), wide receiver Shaky Smithson and running back James Starks (turf toe).
New injuries: TE D.J. Williams (ankle), TE DeMarco Cosby (hamstring).
Still out: LB Desmond Bishop (hamstring), CB Davon House (shoulder), WR Shaky Smithson (ankle), RB Du’ane Bennett (knee), RB Brandon Saine (hamstring), FB Jon Hoese (hamstring), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring), DE Johnny Jones (knee), G Ray Dominguez (ankle), T Derek Sherrod (lower leg), TE Andrew Quarless (knee), RB James Starks (turf toe), T Andrew Datko (concussion).