Hyde avoids serious injury, but uncertain for Thursday

Weston Hodkiewicz
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Green Bay Packers strong safety Micah Hyde (33) grimaces in pain after injuring himself against Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis November 22, 2015. Hyde did not return to the game.

The Green Bay Packers’ short week could put Micah Hyde in danger of missing his first NFL game Thursday night against Chicago.

The third-year defensive back suited up for practice Tuesday, but admittedly didn’t do much after aggravating his injured hip in Sunday’s 30-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Hyde was carted to the locker room after diving to tackle tight end Kyle Rudolph and didn’t return.

It looked like a potentially significant injury at first, but Hyde said the training staff simply didn’t want him walking until they knew the severity. He was cleared to participate in ball drills with the defensive backs Tuesday before going inside the Hutson Center to work with the training staff.

Hyde injured his hip on Mason Crosby’s successful on-side in the waning moments of the Packers’ 18-16 loss to Detroit two weeks ago. He’s hoping to feel better by Thursday, but knows time isn’t on his side with the Packers playing on Thanksgiving instead of the usual Sunday.

“It’s just the hip, man,” said Hyde, who’s played in 42 consecutive regular-season games. “Every time it gets hit, it goes numb and can’t really feel it. Definitely not a good feeling.”

Hyde said the numbness lingered for the remainder of the game until he took some medicine.

The hip pointer has opened Hyde’s eyes to how much you use your hip in daily life, as he's felt soreness when sneezing or laughing. His goal is to be ready for Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, but a lot of factors will go into that decision.

The Packers certainly will consider their depth at defensive back with Casey Hayward, rookie Quinten Rollins, safety Chris Banjo all well-versed in playing in the slot of the nickel and dime sub-packages.

“I try not to miss games. That’s my goal in life,” Hyde said. “Try not to miss practice, try not to miss games. I’m just trying to improve every day whether if it’s mental, physical or whatever, and work through it.”

Center Corey Linsley (ankle), receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle) and receiver Jared Abbrederis (chest/rib) didn’t practice Tuesday. JC Tretter would start at center if Linsley isn't cleared by Thursday.

The Packers’ other four starting offensive linemen – tackles Bryan Bulaga (knee) and David Bakhtiari (knee), and guards T.J. Lang (shoulder) and Josh Sitton (knee) – were all limited in addition to receiver Davante Adams (ankle), linebacker Clay Matthews (ankle/knee), defensive tackle Mike Pennel (quad) and cornerback Damarious Randall.

Running back Eddie Lacy was a full participant, a good sign for his availability for Thursday night. Safety Morgan Burnett (ankle), outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott (ankle) and fullback Aaron Ripkowski (ankle) were also full participants. and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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