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Taylor (right shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
Per Rodak, Taylor relayed that he rested his shoulder Wednesday, but plans to resume throwing at Thursday's practice. Assuming that occurs without any setbacks, we'd expect the QB to remain on course to be able to play Sunday against the Chiefs.
Coach Rex Ryan says Williams (knee) has a 50-50 chance to return this season.
Williams is a Pro Bowl player and he's always been worth every bit of those honors, so it'd be a big loss for the defense if he's unable to return this season. Fortunately, the Bills have three other very capable and healthy linemen in Marcell Dareus, Mario Williams, and Jerry Hughes, though it looks like the hope of the foursome being the league's best this season may be fading thanks to Kyle Williams' injury.
Head coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Abbrederis will miss "several weeks" due to a rib injury stemming from Sunday's loss to the Lions, Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
McCarthy wouldn't reveal the nature of the ailment, but Abbrederis will seemingly be unavailable for the Packers' final two games of November (at Minnesota on Sunday and versus the Bears on Thanksgiving). The development is discouraging, as Abbrederis was coming off the first receptions of his career. With Abbrederis out, Ty Montgomery's (ankle) progress this week will be worthwhile to watch due to the Packers' lack of a contribution at wideout outside of Randall Cobb and Davante Adams in recent weeks.
Adams (ankle) remained limited at practice Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Adams struggled with the injury during Sunday's win over the Vikings, yet he still managed to play the vast majority of offensive snaps, finishing with three catches for 36 yards on three targets. It was one of his more efficient showings this season, but owners were likely disappointed, after Adams piled up a ridiculous 32 targets over the previous two games. He's clearly a big part of the Green Bay passing game when healthy, but the two-week target total was extremely inflated by game context, with the Packers trailing by multiple scores for the majority of both contests. Thursday's game is unlikely to play out in similar fashion, as the Packers bounced back against the Vikings on Sunday and will now face an injury-marred Bears team that is 4-6. Furthermore, it's expected to be windy and rainy in Green Bay on Thursday. Even if he's active and able to handle his usual snap count, Adams could be a major disappointment in Week 12.
Burnett (ankle) is active for Sunday's game at Minnesota, Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports.
Burnett has returned to form, at least in the tackle department, with 17 stops in the last two contests. It's only a matter of time before the sixth-year pro gathers a turnover, though the Vikings have committed the fourth-fewest (nine, to be exact) to date.
Hyde made a season-high 10 tackles (nine solo) in Sunday's victory over the Chargers.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers attempted 65 passes in Sunday's game and completed 43, which led to ample opportunities for Hyde to rack up tackles. He has played well as the Packers' starting strong safety, but he will move into a new role in the secondary if Morgan Burnett (calf) is able to return to action following the Packers' Week 7 bye.
Lacy (ankle) was a full participant at Tuesday's practice, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Lacy has been hampered by lower-body injuries throughout the season, with his ankle(s) arguably being the most consistent concern. However, there's no indication that the current issue is serious, and he just had his first 100-yard game of the year in Sunday's win over the Vikings. Having seemingly reclaimed the lead-back role, Lacy could be in for a busy Thanksgiving against the Packers, particularly if the current weather forecast holds up. It isn't supposed to be too cold by Wisconsin standards, but the forecast does call for precipitation (likely rain) in addition to above-average wind. On a less optimistic note, there is some chance James Starks will end up getting most of the touches if Lacy struggles early on in the game.
Matthews (ankle) made six tackles (all solo) in Sunday's victory over the Vikings.
Matthews was held without a sack for the fifth straight game, but he played a key role in shutting down Adrian Peterson and the Vikings run game. Matthews dealt with leg issues the last couple weeks and may have tweaked something late in Sunday's contest, so don't be surprised if he lands on the injury report again leading up to Thursday's game against the Bears.
Montgomery (ankle) will not play Thursday night against the Bears, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.
Montgomery had missed the previous three games before practicing last week in preparation for last Sunday's matchup against the Vikings. However, a setback during last Thursday's practice ultimately forced the rookie receiver to miss the critical NFC North tilt and it appears as if that same injury will now keep him out of the Packers' Thanksgiving night matchup against the Bears as well.
Randall (hamstring) tallied seven tackles (six solo) in Sunday's victory over the Vikings.
Randall was a late addition to the Packers' Week 11 injury report, but he was able to take the field and start at corner as he has done regularly the last few weeks. In addition to the seven stops Randall also deflected a pass Sunday, and he now sits with 12 deflections on the season.