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January 3, 2013

Packers excited to have fab four wide receivers back


Yes, the Packers lost at Minnesota on Sunday. But the offense found another gear after an uncharacteristically slow start on the first three drives, outgaining and outscoring the Vikings over the final 40 minutes. Jennings had his best showing since his return with 120 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches, while Nelson averaged a whopping 29 yards on his three catches.

Finley's eight catches gave him 61 for the year, a Packers record for a tight end.

"We definitely got it going," Jennings said. "Felt good with what we were seeing, ARod was delivering the ball on the point and guys were making plays all across the field. Are there some things we could have done better as a whole? Absolutely. But we got another shot at it. We've got a chance to make it right this week."

And they'll be doing it at full strength.

Cobb was held out last weekend as something of a precaution, but he's practiced all week. Nelson was a question mark after he banged up his knee against the Vikings. But he was a full participant in practice Thursday and said "no, none whatsoever" when asked if there was any question he'd play.

"We were hoping that, come this time, everyone would be together and ready to go and we are," Nelson said. "And we look forward to the opportunity."

Notes: Coach Mike McCarthy said there won't be a rep count on Charles Woodson, who will be playing his first game since breaking his collarbone Oct. 21. "We're going to let him play and communicate on the sidelines and make sure he's OK," McCarthy said. "He's been really pushing the conditioning really the last five or six weeks and he has been practicing the last four weeks. It's just that transition to the games." ... CB Tramon Williams missed Thursday's practice with the flu.


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