From the sounds of things, Brandon Lloyd will be 100 percent by kickoff Sunday at Green Bay.
In fact, the wide receiver might have been 100 percent this past Sunday against Tennessee when he was made inactive before the game by coach Lovie Smith.
Visiting with Dan Hampton and Laurence Holmes on The Score 670-AM Tuesday, Lloyd said he fully expects to suit up against the Packers after missing the last five games with a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. (Listen to the entire interview here). He's had the bye plus those five weeks to heal up an injury that was expected to sideline him two to four weeks. Despite missing all of the time, Lloyd (15 catches, 249 yards, one touchdown) is just 84 yards behind the leading wide receiver on the team--Rashied Davis (28 catches, 333 yards).
"The plan is to play against Green Bay,'' Lloyd told Hampton and Holmes. "That's the plan. It's not a secret. This is not a surprise. That's the plan. I know you guys are going to have fun with everybody's comments but you know, like I just said earlier, there's no point in me being out there and not being able to do the things I was able to do to make this team successful. It's not fair to me. It's not fair to the team."
Lloyd warmed up prior to the game against the Titans and said he felt "really great," what you expected when he practiced fully last week and was listed as probable for the game.
"We warmed it up and I felt great and it just kind of came down to a strategy decision, they had Earl Bennett starting on a couple special teams and they wanted to roll with Earl and not having setbacks with me out there on Sunday and not be able to play in these big divisional games," Lloyd said. "It gives me some more opportunity to rest up and get ready for this Green Bay game."
That doesn't make a lot of sense. NFL teams are not in the business of resting guys because non-divisional games are not as important. If they think a player is healthy, and Lloyd was probable, and they think he can help the team win on that given Sunday, he's going to be on the field. The 16-game season is too short to be playing to be making decisions this week based on the game next week.
He seemed unaware of criticism of his remarks from more than two weeks ago that he would not be back on the field until he was 100 percent.
"There's no point in me being a tough guy and going out there and not being able to do the things I was doing to make this team successful,'' Lloyd said. "That doesn't make sense to me. When I'm back out there on the field, I expect to do the same things I was doing early when I was relatively 100 percent.
"It just makes no sense. It's not fair to me, it's not fair to the team for me to waste a roster spot and not be able to make the kind of plays necessary or I have to leave the game. It just doesn't make sense to me. I just appreciate Coach Lovie's patience with me."