Casey Hayward

There’s some hope that the Green Bay Packers might finally have cornerback Casey Hayward on the field on Sunday.

Hayward, who’s been dealing with a hamstring injury since the preseason, practiced on a limited basis today. It’s the second Thursday in row that Hayward was in pads and on the practice field. Last week, he pulled up lame on Friday, but coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t ruled out Hayward for this week.

“I thought he looked good today. He was bouncing around, had a smile on his face,” McCarthy said.

“His exam tomorrow will be important. Last week he was pretty sore.”

That probably means Hayward’s chances aren’t great, but he’s been ruled out as early as Wednesday for most of the season, so it’s clearly a step in the right direction.

And let’s face it, the Packers could use Hayward with Clay Matthews out for a month. The team generated next to no pass rush when Matthews missed four games last season. Having one of their best playmaking corners on the field would mitigate that loss to some extent.

Hayward led the Packers in picks with six, last season.

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