GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Hoping to get back two injured starters on offense this week, the Green Bay Packers got some discouraging news on Thursday.
"It's very unfortunate for Vernand, but that's where we are," McCarthy said. "We're kind of at that last hurdle, and just based off the doctor's opinion, we want to (wait) until he's 100 percent, no soreness, before we move forward."
Jennings' availability also is up in the air after hurting his hamstring late last week and missing the opener.
"He looked really good yesterday, but he was a little sore today," McCarthy said.
If not, they'll be facing depth issues in the passing game.
No. 1 receiver Donald Driver is coming off a foot sprain, but played Sunday and has not been listed on the Packers' injury report this week. But Jennings is still sore, and backup receiver Carlyle Holiday didn't practice on Thursday because of a knee injury.
"You're one play away from being out of some personnel groups, and that's what you try to avoid in game planning," McCarthy said. "That's the reality of where we would be. We'd have some backup plans."
But with Favre expected to extend his quarterback-record starts streak to 239 on Sunday -- 259 including playoff games -- that's not as major a concern.
"Brett's played more games than anyone in history, so I'm going to play the odds there," McCarthy said. "But the wide receiver depth is a concern as we move into tomorrow's practice."
Morency participated in nearly all of the practice on Wednesday, only to have the injury flare up. He sat out most of the portion of practice that was open to the media on Thursday, and was listed as having limited participation in practice on the Packers' injury report.
"It's tough," Morency said. "You definitely want to be out there with your teammates and fight and claw. The only thing I can do is rehab and do what I can do to get better."
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