Defensive end Cullen Jenkins looks ready to return to the Green Bay Packers starting lineup for the wild card matchup with Philadelphia, on Sunday.
Jenkins participated in practice both Wednesday and Thursday without incident, the first time he’s practiced since he re-injured his calf against San Francisco in week 13.
Coach Mike McCarthy is still being cautious, but Jenkins says he’s ready to go.
“Cullen Jenkins is making progress. He practiced today a little more than he did yesterday. Went through some of the team drills,” McCarthy said Thursday. “Just as we said at the beginning of the week, we’re going to take the full week of preparation and have a decision at the end of the week. He’s getting better.”
Jenkins was a little more upbeat.
“I’m pretty encouraged,” he said Wednesday. “I was able to do a lot of stuff. My biggest thing was that I didn’t want to just go out there and do running on the side because you can favor it and you can kind of anticipate everything that you’re going to do.
“I told the coaches and the medical staff that I wanted to go out in a team situation so you have to react and you can’t favor it. You have to just adjust out there on the fly. It was pretty good for my confidence to be able to make it through all that without any problem.”
Jenkins’ addition would be a boon to a Packers defense looking to contain Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. He had seven sacks on the season in only 11 games.
His presence should also take a little focus off linebacker Clay Matthews.