Donald Driver has already been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field. The Pack's all time leading receiver has been battling a quadriceps injury for the past couple of weeks, first a bruise, then a pull. He failed to catch a pass against both Minnesota and New York, ending a team record streak of 133 regular season games with at least one grab. The team officially ruled him out today which will give him nearly three full weeks to heal before the Packers return from the bye at Minnesota on November 21. Defensive back Pat Lee is also out for the Cowboys game with an ankle sprain. Rookie tight end Andrew Quarless was the only other player who did not participate in today's practice because of a shoulder injury that could leave his availability in question. The rest of the week's opening injury report looks like this...Chad Clifton (hamstring, knee), Daryn Colledge (back), Nick Collins (knee), Cullen Jenkins (calf), Clay Matthews (shin), Dmitri Nance (ankle), Ryan Pickett (ankle), Mark Tauscher (shoulder) and Charles Woodson (toe) were all limited in practice. Aaron Rodgers was a full participant with a mild ankle sprain.
Tim Masthay was today named the NFC Special Teams player of the week for his work against the Jets. Head Coach Mike McCarthy called it the "finest punting performance" he's seen in Green Bay. Considering the team's punting issues over the year, McCarthy joked "I could almost cry, I was so proud of Tim." Masthay punted 8 times with a gross average of 44.0, a net average of 41.5 with 5 kicks downed inside the 20 and a long of 55 without a single yard in returns in a 9-0 shutout victory.