The Green Bay Packers will look to even their preseason record Saturday when they play at St. Louis in a 3 p.m. (CDT) start against the Rams.
The Packers fell last week, 20-16, in a torrential downpour at Tennessee and coach Mike McCarthy said this week he is looking forward to playing a game in a dome where the elements will give him a better gauge of where players are in their quest to make the team.
He’s also looking forward to watching quarterback Aaron Rodgers make his preseason debut. McCarthy won’t play Rodgers much this preseason, but obviously wants him to knock the rust off.
Rodgers is also looking forward to playing against a defense that ranked 15th in the NFL last season.
“It’s a real good defense,” Rodgers said. “It’d be nice to take a couple hits maybe, legal hits. This is the time of year we’re trying to get to be playing the right way and get in and get out.”
Speaking of in and out, wide receiver Jordy Nelson was expected to participate in Friday’s closed practice and then it would be determined if he would play Saturday. Nelson, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, traveled to St. Louis with the team Friday.
Another offensive standout, running back Eddie Lacy is expected to make his preseason debut.
While Lacy and Rodgers are expected to play here’s a look at the walking wounded that will not play:
- RB Rajion Neal (knee)
- LB Joe Thomas (knee)
- TE Colt Lyerla (knee)
- WR Jared Abbrederis (knee)
- T Don Barclay (knee)
- DT Letroy Guion (hamstring)
Abbrederis and Barclay are expected to land on injured reserve when the first cutdown date arrives. Also, ESPN.com reported Lyerla tore multiple ligaments in his knee, which means he is out for the season.
Saturday’s game promises to be interesting for the Packers. How will Rodgers look in his limited time and how will defensive end/linebacker Julius Peppers look in his second preseason game? Peppers is expected to make an impact on a defense that last season ranked 25th overall and tied for eighth in sacks (44).
Furthermore, safety Morgan Burnett will debut after missing last week with an oblique injury. The safety position is one of high interest on the defense with Burnett underachieving last season, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix looking good as a rookie and Micah Hyde has made a seamless transition to safety from cornerback.
One more item to keep an eye on is seventh-round pick wide receiver Jeff Janis. After missing time early in camp with shingles he has stood out in practice. Now, can he do it in a game? If so, he likely take a strong hold on the No. 5 wide receiver spot that he’s competing with Myles White for.
- Game time: 3 p.m. Central
- Local TV: WTMJ-TV Milwaukee, WGBA-TV Green Bay and the 14-station Packers TV Network throughout Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota and parts of Iowa, Nebraska and Hawaii.
- Broadcast team, TV: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst), Rod Burks (sideline). Former Packers T Mark Tauscher will be on a half hour pregame show on WTMJ-TV.
- National TV: NFL Network.
- Local radio: Local Radio: WTMJ (620 AM) over the Packers Radio Network of 50 stations in five states, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Larry McCarren (color) on the call. Also, a pregame show starts at 1 p.m. with former Packers T Mark Tauscher commenting.
- Preseason series: Tied 2-2.