Vikings may regain safety Smith vs. Packers

Tom Silverstein
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless (81) watches as safety Harrison Smith (22) makes a play on an errant Aaron Rodgers pass against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium November 23, 2014.

GREEN BAY - There's a better than 50-50 chance the Minnesota Vikings will have Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith when they take on the Green Bay Packers on Saturday at Lambeau Field.

And for the Packers, linebacker Nick Perry (hand) might be back as well.

Early in the week, it looked like Smith might miss a third straight game, but he was a full participant in practice Friday and was listed as questionable on the final injury report.

When asked how much the Vikings missed Harrison and what they lose without him, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said: "He’s a good player and that’s a big factor. He’s really a playmaker, in really the running game, the passing game, I think he does a good job of trying to disguise coverages. He’s a pretty good blitzer.

"So, you know, anytime you lose a guy who’s a really good player, typically you don’t have the same guy behind him, but you know, I guess that’s what you lose."

The Vikings won't have running back Adrian Peterson (knee/groin) or guard Brandon Fusco (concussion), both of whom were declared out. Receiver Stefon Diggs (hip) was listed as questionable.

For the Packers, Perry was listed as questionable after working this week with a large padded club on his left hand. He was listed as a limited participant in practice all week.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (calf) and linebacker Clay Matthews (shoulder) were not given a status, meaning they are 100 percent expected to play. Guards T.J. Lang (back) and Lane Taylor (hip) were not listed, either.

Outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott (finger) and running back James Starks (concussion) are out.

Here's the full report:

Packers-Vikings injury report
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