LeRoy Butler and JS reporter Tom Silverstein debate whether Aaron Rodgers should come back this season. Bill Schulz
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers got two players back at practice Thursday, but linebacker Nick Perry, cornerback Davon House and cornerback Demetri Goodson remained sidelined.
Perry and House are starters and Goodson is eligible to make his season debut after being activated off of the physically unable to perform list Wednesday.
Linebacker Jake Ryan (neck/illness) and nose tackle Quinton Dial (chest/knee) returned after missing practice the day before.
Perry played against Tampa Bay but injured his shoulder and remains a question mark. House injured his left shoulder against the Buccaneers and finished out the game, but his return is not guaranteed.
Goodson pulled a hamstring last week and is trying to make it back for the Cleveland game Sunday, but the fact he hasn't practiced this week would seem to make it unlikely. Because he hasn't played in a year, his playing time probably would be limited to special teams.
The Packers have a big problem if House can't play. It means they would have only two cornerbacks with any significant experience — Damarious Randall and Josh Hawkins —- and two rookie free agents: Lenzy Pipkins and Donatello Brown.
Now that rookie cornerback Kevin King needs surgery on his left shoulder and is on injured reserve, safety Morgan Burnett is going to have to serve as the slot corner in the nickel. He played there against Tampa Bay with rookie Josh Jones replacing him at strong safety.
The Packers played their dime defense with four safeties, using Burnett and Jermaine Whitehead as their two slot corners. Whitehead got beat for a 30-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the Buccaneers.
The team conducted its pre-practice drills inside the Don Hutson Center but was expected to go outside in the cold for team drills. There was a light dusting of snow on their practice fields.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for the second day in a row during controlled drills and was expected to take some scout team snaps during team work.