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Francois' injury could open door for Manning

Aug. 24, 2012
 
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Green Bay Packers linebacker Robert Francois injured a hamstring in the Bengals game on Thursday night, coach Mike McCarthy said Friday, but he gave no indication how long Francois might be out.

The injury could open the door for rookie Terrell Manning to make the final 53-man roster if Francois’s injury keeps him out for an extended time. The Packers are expected to keep four inside linebackers, including starters A.J. Hawk and D.J. Smith and backup Jamari Lattimore.

It’s possible the fourth and final spot was up for grabs between Francois and Manning.

Other highlights from McCarthy’s presser:

*He hasn’t ruled out surgery on cornerback Davon House yet. House injured his shoulder and has missed the past two weeks. McCarthy is hoping to get some clarity on the injury in the coming days.

*He termed Tramon Williams as a shutdown cornerback.

*He’d like to see receivers Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel make a bigger jump from Year 1 to Year 2, and acknowledged that injuries have set them back during camp.

*When asked if Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been as sharp this camp as in the past, McCarthy said he’s happy with his progress.

*A decision on Desmond Bishop and whether to place him on injured reserve with his torn hamstring could come in the next 48 hours.

*Ryan Pickett will be hard pressed to play against Kansas City after injuring his calf Thursday night.

*Tight end Tom Crabtree could be ready for the Chiefs game after injuring his shoulder vs. the Bengals.

-- Mike Vandermause, mvandermause@greenbaypressgazette.com

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