The minute D.J. Williams appeared to be gaining traction in his quest for more playing time, the Green Bay Packers’ second-year tight end hit another snag.
With Jermichael Finley’s status still uncertain for Sunday’s game against Houston, the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Williams was slated to see a bump in playing time this week before he suffered a hamstring injury at Wednesday’s practice.
As we wrote about in our Friday mainbar story, Williams’ hamstring tweak leaves the Packers’ tight-end situation in limbo with one practice day left before the team travels to face the undefeated Texans.
The Packers have dealt with a variety of injuries to their tight ends since training camp, but this was the first encounter Williams has ever had with a hamstring strain.
“This is very frustrating, timing-wise,” Williams said. “With our tight end situation right now, we need some of us to get healthy soon to help our team out. Not just as individuals, but our team is in a state where we need to win ballgames, too.”
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Here are some other news and notes from Thursday’s padded practice:
• James Starks has missed 18 of 37 games in his NFL career because of hamstring, ankle and toe injuries, but there’s no question in the Packers’ locker room he’s durable enough to play in the NFL.
As Pete Dougherty writes in his Packers’ notebook, the third-year running back has finally shaken the turf toe injury that robbed him of two months and should be in line to make his 2012 debut with Cedric Benson’s lisfranc injury.
While there are questions to be answered about Starks being injury-prone, his coaches are hoping teams overlook the big-bodied back.
“Absolutely,” said running backs coach Alex Van Pelt. “I hope somebody thinks he’s not tough enough, because that will (tick) him off, and an angry James is a hard-running machine, I’ve seen that on tape. Try to get him angry Sunday night, because he can be explosive and special.”
• Dougherty also examines Mason Crosby’s two missed kicks against Indianapolis, the Packers’ PUP list and also provides an injury update here: http://www.packersnews.com/article/20121011/PKR01/121011075/Notebook-Turf-toe-healed-question-RB-Starks-toughness-lingers?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE&nclick_check=1
• Dougherty also chatted with readers at PackersNews.com, read the transcript here: http://www.packersnews.com/interactive/article/20121010/PKR01/310100088/Chat-about-Green-Bay-Packers-Pete-Dougherty-Oct-10-2012