Report: Packers expect to be without 17 injured player for preseason game

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The Green Bay Packers' roster for Thursday's preseason game against San Diego may limit what head coach Mike McCarthy can do with his personnel.

Nineteen players missed practice on Tuesday, and at least 17 players have been ruled out for Thursday's game, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Several other players are questionable.

In the past, McCarthy has played his first-string players about one quarter in preseason games, but that may change with the injuries mounting.

"I don't know if it will be exactly the same," McCarthy told the Journal Sentinel. "Let's be honest, the way our injury report looks is different than in prior years, particularly on offense. We won't have very good numbers on offense."

Perhaps the most significant injury is to left tackle Marshall Newhouse, who was declared out for the game with a concussion.

That leaves inexperienced players at left tackle to protect Aaron Rodgers' blind side.

Among those added to the injury list on Tuesday were tight end Jermichael Finley (thigh) and running back Alex Green (knee). Both might play Thursday.

However, wide receiver Greg Jennings is among the many who won't play. Besides Jennings and Marshall, those ruled out for Thursday are running back Du'ane Bennett, running back Brandon Saine, fullback Jon Hoese, cornerback Sam Shields, tight end Eric Lair, linebacker Frank Zombo, offensive tackle Mike McCabe, defensive end Johnny Jones, guard Jaymes Brooks, guard Ray Dominguez, Newhouse, offensive tackle Derek Sherrod, tight end Andrew Quarless, tight end Ryan Taylor and wide receiver Tori Gurley. Defensive tackle probably won't play either.
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