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Packers' TE Franks could miss 2 weeks with knee sprain

GREEN BAY (AP) -- Packers tight end Bubba Franks could miss ''a couple weeks'' with a sprained knee suffered in Sunday's victory over the Washington Redskins, coach Mike McCarthy said Monday.

GREEN BAY (AP) -- Packers tight end Bubba Franks could miss ''a couple weeks'' with a sprained knee suffered in Sunday's victory over the Washington Redskins, coach Mike McCarthy said Monday.

The Packers are entering their bye week, but McCarthy implied that team physician Pat McKenzie's preliminary diagnosis is that Franks will miss the team's next game, Oct. 29 at Denver, and possibly the Nov. 3 game at Kansas City as well.

McCarthy said McKenzie still ''wants to do more tests'' on Franks' knee, which he injured while catching a pass in the end zone in the third quarter. Franks was ruled out of bounds on the play, nullifying the touchdown. He stayed in the game for the next play but then did not return.

''It was kind of a combination of two different plays,'' tight ends coach Ben McAdoo said.

Not only does the injury interrupt a season of rebirth for Franks, who has caught 14 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns, it also leaves the Packers perilously thin at the position.

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The team took the unusual step of keeping two tight ends, Franks and starter Donald Lee, on the final roster reduction and will have to promote either Ryan Krause or James Adkisson from the practice squad.

McCarthy indicated Monday that Krause, who played in two games as a rookie in 2004 and three games in 2005 with the San Diego Chargers, would get the promotion.

''We brought Ryan on slowly (because) the West Coast offense is kind of new for him. But he's adapted fairly well,'' McAdoo said. ''He's got pretty good pass-route fundamentals. He catches the ball well with his hands. He's got some toughness to him. So there's some things we like about him. I'm excited to see him work a little more with the offense if it's his opportunity.''

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HEALTH WATCH: In addition to Franks' injury, backup cornerback Frank Walker suffered a knee injury and was undergoing an MRI when McCarthy addressed reporters Monday afternoon. No update on Walker's condition was immediately available.

Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins was also having his ankle and knee examined, but Jenkins was able to finish the game Sunday and should be ready for the Broncos.

Brett Favre sprained an ankle, but McCarthy said the veteran quarterback was ''fine'' Monday when the two saw each other in the training room.

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DEEP TROUBLE: Favre failed to connect on any of the deep balls he threw against the Redskins Sunday, including two on which his receiver was wide open, only to see Redskins safety Sean Taylor range over and intercept the passes.

One of those interceptions was intended for James Jones, the other for Greg Jennings. Jennings had another deep pass thrown his way but it was underthrown, and Jennings couldn't adjust to it as it fell incomplete.

''He had a couple (deep balls) that were in the air too long,'' McCarthy said. ''One in particular, I think he could have helped himself with his footwork.

''We have the ability to get behind people, which I thought we did (Sunday), but converting those throws was not done well enough, obviously.''

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EXTRA POINTS: While the players will be free to go after meetings Tuesday, the coaches will work Tuesday and Wednesday before having Thursday, Friday and Saturday off. The staff returns to work Sunday and the players return for practice Monday. ... McCarthy said the holding penalty on right tackle Mark Tauscher that wiped out a 23-yard Favre-to-Jones touchdown pass was the wrong call. ''I disagree with the call, but that's football,'' McCarthy said. ''Sometimes they go your way, sometimes they don't.''

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