The Green Bay Packers will be without at least four starters for this Sunday's game against St. Louis.
Following practice on Friday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy has ruled out wide receiver Greg Jennings, defensive tackle B.J. Raji, linebacker Nick Perry and cornerback Sam Shields for Sunday.
Jennings will be missing his third consecutive game with his lingering groin injury while Raji has been sidelined since the team's 30-27 loss to Indianapolis with an ankle injury.
With Perry (knee) and Shields (shin/ankle) both out, that likely means a jump in snaps for veteran linebacker Erik Walden and cornerback Casey Hayward. It's also likely Shields' absence will open the door for Davon House to be active for the first time this season.
The Packers also listed seveal players probable, including tight ends D.J. Williams (hamstring) and Jermichael Finley (shoulder), running back Alex Green and safety Sean Richardson (hamstring).
Here are some other notes from McCarthy's news conference...
On BJ Raji being out again:
”BJ Raji is not ready. That was the examination this morning and he will not be ready by Sunday. “
On if Greg Jennings is close:
"He’s closer this week than he was last week. We’ll be seven days further with the rehab and treatment than he was the first time we had the setbacks. We’re hoping for next week.”
On Davon House's status:
"Davon’s looked good. He clearly had his best practice yesterday since he came back. Really what he needs it the padded work. He worked again today. He’s definitely close to being ready.”
On how defensive line played minus Raji against Houston:
"I thought our defensive line set the tempo for the whole defense, particularly against a scheme that was different in Houston. The challenge will be clearly different this week. I thought our defensive line was outstanding in Houston and we’re going to need that type of performance this week.”
On Frank Zombo/Andrew Quarless:
”Good week. I watched Frank specifically in the special teams work today. I just wanted to see him do some long running. I was very, very encouraged with both Frank and Andrew. It’s good to get that week under their belt.”
On Johnny White's availability:
"Johnny White had a very good week of practice. You can see his experience in special teams. We’ve been very, very impressed just the way he has picked things up. We have moves we still need to make as far as who’s going to play that we need to sort out in the next 24 hours.”
On Erik Walden's improvement:
"I think Erik Walden has definitely made a step from last year. Erik had a chance to go through an offseason program which he did not (in 2011). I think just the fact going through it from Day One, he’s very comfortable in our scheme.I just love the way he plays. Physical. Brings an attitude that you can’t have enough of on your football team. He’s clearly playing better this year than he did last year.”
On gaining more confidence in Alex Green:
"The confidence in Alex Green will just continue to grow with everybody with the more opportunities that he gets. Prior to Alex’s injury I can distinctly remember in the Minnesota game we had a package of plays in that game that we had been working on for a couple weeks and then he suffered the injury on the kickoff return. This is no surprise to any of us. It’s just a matter of him now having the opportunity. He’s been productive with it so far.”