Starter Pack: Working on the weekend

November, 2, 2013
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A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat (abbreviated version).

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Normally on Saturdays, the Packers rest.

There’s no practice and no access for reporters. Unless, of course, the team is playing on "Monday Night Football."

So with the Packers set to make their lone MNF appearance of the season against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field, Saturday is a full work day around Lambeau Field.

Perhaps the most pressing thing will be the status of receiver James Jones, who practiced in pads on Thursday for the first time since he sprained his left knee on Oct. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.

“James Jones practiced in a limited fashion [on Friday],” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “We’ll see how he is [Saturday] morning.”

Teams playing on Monday night must announce their designations – out, doubtful, questionable, probable – for injured players on Saturday. The Packers will do so following their late morning practice.

The Packers listed only six players on their injury report and two already have been ruled out. They were tight end Jermichael Finley (neck) and linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb). Tight end Ryan Taylor returned to practice this week following Oct. 16 surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring) has been a full participant all week. Linebacker Nick Perry (foot) has not practiced all week.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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