GREEN BAY, WI (WHBL) - Green Bay Packers’ rookie defensive end Jerel Worthy is out for the playoffs with a knee injury suffered in last Sunday’s loss at Minnesota. Coach Mike McCarthy made the announcement after today’s practice. The Packers have not decided how to replace Worthy on their 53-man roster. McCarthy says the team is still reviewing its options. Meanwhile, receiver Jordy Nelson was limited at practice again today with a knee injury suffered against the Vikings. The coach said he thought Nelson looked good in a rehab workout, but team doctors still have some concerns, and he’ll be evaluated tomorrow. Back-up receiver Jarrett Boykin will need time to heal from an ankle injury, but McCarthy said it’s not as bad as how it looked during the Vikings’ win over the Packers at the Metrodome. The Packers are gearing up to face Minnesota again on Saturday night in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator Tom Clements is one of five candidates who will reportedly be interviewed for the head coaching vacancy in Chicago. Bears’ general manager Phil Emery is looking for a replacement for Lovie Smith, who was fired on Monday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Packers have denied permission by other teams to interview at least six current assistants during their contracts over the past few years. But a team cannot stop an interview for a head coaching spot, although the Packers could delay such a move until they’re eliminated from the playoffs if they so choose. The Chicago Tribune says the Bears plan to seek permission from the Packers to interview Clements as soon as possible. The Journal Sentinel said Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy refused to give the Bears permission to talk to Clements a few years ago when Chicago was looking for an offensive coordinator. McCarthy promoted Clements last February from quarterbacks coach to the offensive coordinator spot.