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Injuries Still Plague Packers

From Times Wire Services

The Green Bay Packers will be without Pro Bowl tight end Mark Chmura and two defensive starters--right end Vonnie Holliday and cornerback Craig Newsome--for today’s regular-season finale against the Chicago Bears.

The Packers, who deactivated Chmura, tight end Tyrone Davis, Holliday and Newsome, have already clinched a playoff berth and will meet San Francisco in the wild-card round. However, the Packers can play host to the playoff game with a win against the Bears coupled with a loss by San Francisco. The 49ers play host to the St. Louis Rams.

Chmura was unable to practice this week because of a pulled right calf muscle. He suffered the injury in the first quarter of last Sunday’s win over Tennessee and did not return.

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Davis, the backup tight end, is also sidelined because of a hamstring injury, forcing the Packers to sign veteran Scott Galbraith this week. Jeff Thomason will start with Galbraith serving as the backup.

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Chicago re-signed punter Todd Sauerbrun to a one-year contract, offensive tackle Jimmy Herndon to a three-year contract and agreed to contract terms with linebacker Lemanski Hall. . . . The Jacksonville Jaguars put starting defensive lineman Renaldo Wynn on injured reserve because of a groin injury. Wynn, 24, will sit out Monday’s season finale against Pittsburgh and all of Jacksonville’s playoff games. . . . The Indianapolis Colts activated wide receiver Kaipo McGuire from the practice squad for today’s game against the Carolina Panthers.


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