Packers-Broncos Wednesday injury report: Starks has hip injury
Based on what happened the last time the Green Bay Packers played a game, if there was going to be a running back on the team’s injury report Wednesday, you’d have guessed it’d be Eddie Lacy, not James Starks.
Nevertheless, it was Starks, who rushed for 112 yards (including a 65-yard touchdown) against San Diego on Oct. 18, and not Lacy, who carried the ball just four times and was said to be “beat up” when the bye started, on the injury report. Starks was listed with a hip injury.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy would not say what the injury was during his pre-practice press briefing but did confirm that Starks suffered the injury in the game, although he kept playing. McCarthy said Starks stayed in Green Bay during the bye week after revealing the injury as the players’ vacations were set to start.
“The level of the injury [was a surprise],” McCarthy said. “A lot of guys come out of the game with things. It’s not James in particular. When you have a bye week, on Monday with the schedule is what theirs was, I think they were all feeling pretty good. But you do have things that show up a day or two later.
“Frankly, I was here every day during the bye week and so was James. He’s been working on this all week.”
Despite that work, Starks was unable to practice Wednesday. Neither did rookie wide receiver Ty Montgomery, who sprained his ankle against the Chargers.
Everyone else on the 53-man roster took part in at least part of Wednesday’s practice, meaning the Packers should have a mostly healthy team for Sunday night’s showdown with the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field.
Here’s a look at the full, official injury report for Wednesday:
Did not participate – RB James Starks (hip), WR Ty Montgomery (ankle).
Limited participation – WR Davante Adams (ankle), S Morgan Burnett (calf), OLB Nick Perry (shoulder, hand), DT B.J. Raji (groin).
Full participation – LB Nate Palmer (chest).
Did not participate – LB Shane Ray (knee).
Limited participation – G Evan Mathis (hamstring), T Ty Sambrailo (shoulder), WR Emmanuel Sanders (shoulder), CB Aquib Talib (ankle), LB DeMarcus Ware (back).
Full participation – S Omar Bolden (foot), TE Owen Daniels (shoulder), T Ryan Harris (knee), LB Corey Nelson (knee), RB Juwan Thompson (hamstring).
Lacy was not on the injury report, and wide receivers Randall Cobb (shoulder) and James Jones (hamstring) were off the report as well after several weeks being listed.
Although Adams was listed as having participated on a limited basis, he made it clear that he expects to play after having sat out the last three games and played only three snaps in the Sept. 28 game against Kansas City after reinjuring his ankle.
“I’ve never been a guy to miss games, so it’s long overdue,” Adams said of his return. “I’m ready to get back out there and definitely excited.”