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Green Bay Packers rookie Ty Montgomery said he’s preparing to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, but he’s unsure if he’ll be on the field.

“I think it’s always a possibility,” Montgomery said. “You never know what can happen, but I’m not going to say I’m 80 or 90 percent or say it’s realistic or something like that. I don’t know.”

With a sprained ankle, Montgomery missed a game for the first time in his career Sunday when the Packers had a blowout loss at the Denver Broncos. He injured his ankle during the Packers’ win against the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 18, a game before the team’s bye week.

Montgomery had to watch as the Broncos controlled the Packers offense, holding them to 10 points. The rookie stopped short of saying he would’ve been the difference in the game, but Montgomery preferred to be on the field with his teammates.

“It sucks,” Montgomery said. “I don’t know, man. I could probably explain this multiple ways, but it sucks. I feel like I’m not out there earning what I’m supposed to be getting paid. I feel like they brought me here to do something, and I’m not able to do it right now. It’s just the competitor in me. I just want to be out there.”

Montgomery returned to practice this week. He was able to practice on a limited basis during the Packers’ padded practice Thursday.

If he returns Sunday, the Packers offense could be full strength for the first time since the opener at Chicago on Sept. 13. Montgomery provides versatility for the offense, and he’s produced with 15 catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns. He also serves as the team's kick returner.

“I’m always preparing,” Montgomery said. “Even if I know I’m not going to play, I’ve still got to prepare. Because that’s the type of support I can provide to my teammates.

“Do I expect to play? I expect to play every Sunday. Will I play? I don’t know.”

-rwood@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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