Here’s our best guess at predicting the Green Bay Packers’ game day roster for Sunday’s Week 1 game at the San Francisco 49ers. Reminder, only 46 players can be active…
The entire roster is included. Those bold and italicized are predicted to be inactive…
Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Seneca Wallace
Running back: Eddie Lacy, John Kuhn, James Starks, Johnathan Franklin
Wide receiver: Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jarrett Boykin, Jeremy Ross
Tight end: Jermichael Finley, Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor, Brandon Bostick
Offensive line: David Bakhtiari, Josh Sitton, Evan Dietrich-Smith, T.J. Lang, Don Barclay, Marshall Newhouse, Greg Van Roten, Lane Taylor
Defensive line: Datone Jones, B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, C.J. Wilson, Johnny Jolly, Mike Daniels, Josh Boyd
Outside linebacker: Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Mike Neal, Nate Palmer, Andy Mulumba
Inside linebacker: A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Rob Francois, Jamari Lattimore, Sam Barrington
Cornerback: Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde, Davon House, Jarrett Bush
Safety: Morgan Burnett, M.D. Jennings, Jerron McMillian, Chris Banjo
Special teams: Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Brett Goode
- Casey Hayward (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.
- Morgan Burnett (hamstring) and Brad Jones (hamstring) have been listed as questionable, giving them a roughly 50/50 percent chance of playing. Based upon information that Burnett was withheld from practice while Jones at least took part in limited fashion, the prediction is that Jones will play while the Packers will err on the side of caution with Burnett. But as with players listed as questionable, they’re the hardest to predict.
- Jarrett Bush (ankle) is probable, making it very likely he will play.
- Likely inactives include Johnathan Franklin, Brandon Bostick, Lane Taylor and Josh Boyd. Without Franklin active, that leaves the Packers with only three running backs available, but John Kuhn can always play in one-back sets in a pinch.
- The toughest decision came down to making either Nate Palmer or Andy Mulumba inactive. The benefit of the doubt went to Palmer, who’s about a dozen pounds lighter than Mulumba, which makes it easier to run down the field for special teams. Mulumba also had a minor knee injury during training camp.