Aaron Nagler speaks with Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the decision by the Green Bay Packers to place quarterback Aaron Rodgers back on injured reserve. USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers are officially out of playoff contention, but their injuries woes continue.
Outside linebackers Clay Matthews (hamstring) and Vince Biegel (groin), along with right guard Jahri Evans (knee), were among players added to Tuesday’s injury report. The Packers did not practice, but Matthews and Evans were projected to be not fit if they had. Biegel was projected to be limited in practice.
Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t have a good read on their availability this week.
“Can’t really tell you without us practicing today to see those guys move,” McCarthy said. “We’ll know more tomorrow.
Outside linebacker Nick Perry (ankle/shoulder) was projected to not practice, as was receiver Davante Adams, who remains in the concussion protocol. McCarthy said he visited with Adams earlier Tuesday.
“He looks good, sounds good,” McCarthy said. “He’s frustrated because of the way he feels. But there’s no, you’re not halfway in the protocol or halfway out. You’re either in, and unfortunately he’s in it, and he’ll just continue to listen to our medical staff.”
Also projected to be limited were outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (back), defensive tackle Quinton Dial (chest/knee), cornerback Davon House (shoulder/back) and cornerback Demetri Goodson (hamstring).
Pushing through: House missed Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers with a transverse process fracture in his back, an injury he sustained in the Packers' overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns.
With two games left, House said he plans to return to the field and would like to play against the Vikings on Saturday, pending clearance from the medical staff.
“I don’t think about my health,” House said. “I want to play. I want to play. This time last year I was dreaming to be back here. And now that I’m back here, I can’t shut it down. I’m going to fight through it, though.
“I think I could have played last week. Every week I go into the week like I’m going to play. It’s up to my body if I am or not.”
Kerridge released: Aaron Rodgers to injured reserve was not the Packers' only transaction Tuesday. The team also released fullback Joe Kerridge from the active roster and quarterback Jerod Evans from the practice squad.
Kerridge has spent time on the Packers' active roster each of the past three seasons. Evans was added to the practice squad in the middle of the season after Rodgers’ broken collarbone thinned the Packers' quarterback depth chart.
The Packers have 52 players on their active roster, one fewer than the maximum allowed, because they did not sign a player to replace Kerridge.