Hyde 'good to go' against Lions this week

Ryan Wood
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Green Bay Packers safety Micah Hyde.

His left knee was wrapped Monday afternoon, but Green Bay Packers safety Micah Hyde said he feels healthy and ready to go.

Hyde left the game in the second quarter Sunday after taking a hit to his knee on a punt return against the New York Jets. Standing at his locker Monday, he said it was just a bruise.

"Nothing serious. Nothing major," Hyde said. "Just a little soreness."

Hyde said he expects to play Sunday when the Packers travel to Ford Field to play the Detroit Lions in their first NFC North game this season.

"I'm good to go," he said. "It's just a little sore. It's something that a little ice can't take care of."

The injury happened when Hyde sprinted ahead to catch a short punt. Special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum said it was a "late" hit.

"Right at the end of the play," Slocum said. "When he was on the ground, a group of guys came in on top of him."

Hyde ensured the Packers would have their best field position of the game to that point, catching the punt close to midfield. Green Bay ended the possession with a field goal, cutting its deficit to 21-6.

The Packers went on to complete a comeback, beating the Jets 31-24.

With Jets players in the area, it was a risky catch. Hyde said Slocum didn't have a problem with the gamble.

"I think that as long as it's a positive play and we come out with the ball, and we give the offense great field position, he's OK with anything like that," Hyde said. "It's one of those plays where you can give a 'Peter' call, but there's going to be a lot of our guys around the ball. So you try to just make a play and go up there and field it."

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he feels good about Hyde's status, but his team didn't get past the Jets unscathed on the injury report.

Linebacker Andy Mulumba suffered a "significant injury," McCarthy said Monday. Mulumba left the game after covering a punt in the fourth quarter and didn't return.

McCarthy did not say what the injury was, only that it appears to be severe.

"They're waiting on some other results," McCarthy said. "It didn't look good during the game and it doesn't sound very good."

McCarthy said cornerback Casey Hayward was checked out by the team's medical staff, but did not specify the reason. and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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