The Packers have plenty of questions at the tight end position after both Jermichael Finley and D.J. Williams missed practice Thursday.
Finley hasn't practiced since suffering a slight separation in his shoulder against the Colts in the 3rd quarter Sunday. Finley was asked about his chances of playing Sunday night in Houston.
"I feel good about them," Finley said Wednesday. "If it was up to me I'd play. But you've got to go through a lot of protocol and a lot of steps to play. I feel great, I feel like I'm ready to play."
Finley was targeted early in the game vs. Indianapolis and says that is what he needs to be more consistent.
"Once you get the ball at the beginning of the game it comes natural," said Finley. "You can catch the ball without even looking at it. That's how I feel. But if I touch the ball on the first two plays, than I don't touch the ball until half, I get out of my groove. You need to get your playmakers in the groove early so you can keep the impact going. "
Another source of motivation for Finley is to play in his home state of Texas.
"That's one of the reasons why we are here talking about this shoulder right now," said Finley. "Going back home, I got a lot of family coming down so I am going to be pretty jacked."
Meanwhile, Finley's backup Williams says this is the first hamstring injury he's ever had and described it as more of a "tweak."
"I felt like I was starting to move a long," says Williams when discussing role on the team. "Just kind of the same thing as the preseason when I had that little foot nagging injury. You've got to stay with a positive and good attitude. That's what I am doing and it will all work out."
Williams says there is an urgency to get back because of where the team stands heading into Sunday night.
"With our tight end situation right now, we need some of us to get healthy soon to help our team out," Williams added Thursday. Not just as individuals, but our team is in a state where we need to be able to win ball games too."
Fellow tight end Tom Crabtree says preparation didn't change Thursday even with both Finley and Williams not practicing.
"No not at all," said Crabtree. "You just stick with what you have been doing, and prepare every week like you're going to play a lot and see what happens.