Brandon Jackson’s ankle injury probably will leave the Packers short-handed at halfback for a second straight game.
Jackson didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, and considering he’s been out since Aug. 28, it appears unlikely he’ll play this week even if he returns to the practice field today. That means the Packers again probably will suit up only two halfbacks: Ryan Grant and Deshawn Wynn.
That’s light for a position that can take a pounding and is susceptible to injury, especially because the Packers don’t have a fullback with significant rushing skills. John Kuhn probably is their best ball-carrying fullback, but he gained only 10 yards on eight carries last season, mostly on goal-line and short-yardage plays.
“There’s always decisions made (on game-day rosters), some position is going to be less than loaded,” said Joe Philbin, the Packers’ offensive coordinator. “Where are you going to go with this thing and where are you going to cross your fingers and hope nothing happens? Invariably, there’s one or two positions on offense and one or two positions on defense where you’re going to be a little uneasy.”