Here’s our best guess at predicting the Green Bay Packers’ gameday roster for the Saturday’s Wildcard playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. Reminder, only 46 players can be active…
The entire roster is included. Those bold and italicized are predicted to be inactive…
Quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, Graham Harrell
Running backs: John Kuhn, James Starks, Alex Green, Ryan Grant, DuJuan Harris
Wide receivers: Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver, Randall Cobb, James Jones, Jarrett Boykin, Jeremy Ross
Tight ends: Jermichael Finley, Tom Crabtree, D.J. Williams, Ryan Taylor
Offensive line: Marshall Newhouse, T.J. Lang, Jeff Saturday, Josh Sitton, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Don Barclay, Greg Van Roten
Defensive line: B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, C.J. Wilson, Jerel Worthy, Mike Daniels, Mike Neal, Jordan Miller
Outside linebackers: Clay Matthews, Erik Walden, Dezman Moses, Frank Zombo
Inside linebackers: A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Rob Francois, Jamari Lattimore, Terrell Manning
Cornerbacks: Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Jarrett Bush, Davon House, Casey Hayward
Safeties: Charles Woodson, Morgan Burnett, Jerron McMillian, M.D. Jennings
Specialists: Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Brett Goode
- Only two players have been ruled out of Saturday’s game: Jerel Worthy (knee) and Jarrett Boykin (ankle). They’ll be missed, but the Packers are surely happy not lose the services of any starters.
- James Starks (knee) is questionable and likely won’t play. The Packers have sufficient depth at running back with Ryan Grant, DuJuan Harris and Alex Green. They can afford to let Starks get healthy.
- Jordy Nelson (knee), Randall Cobb (ankle), Jermichael Finley (quad), Charles Woodson (collarbone), Alex Green (knee) and Davon House (hip) are all listed as probable. All except House are expected to play.
- Now that the Packers are getting relatively healthy, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to make predictions on the active and inactive lists.
- One of the toughest decisions comes down to the ever-popular Donald Driver. Boykin’s injury may have opened up a door, but Driver is the fifth wide receiver and best and they can probably get by without him. It doesn’t help that he doesn’t offer anything on special teams. He was inactive last week for last week’s game against Minnesota. However, this could be his last home game ever at Lambeau Field, and he always gets an ovation from the crowd. At the very least, he can fire up the fans.
- A decision could come down to Davon House and Jerron McMillian in the defensive backfield. Now that Charles Woodson is back, McMillian probably won’t be needed on defense, so it could come down to who’s the better special teams player. House is predicted to be inactive because he’s coming off an injury, even though he’s listed as probable.
- It makes sense that Terrell Manning and Jordan Miller would be inactive. Manning could help on special teams, but he’s just too far down the depth chart. Miller would help the defensive line depth, but the Packers can get by with five.
- If I’m wrong anywhere else, it could be with Frank Zombo or D.J. Williams. The Packers can get by without Zombo on defense, but he does offer special teams help. Same with Williams on offense, although it should be noted that Williams might be playing at his highest level ever the past two weeks.