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Packers' 46-Man Roster Prediction for Week 1 at 49ers

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Packers' 46-Man Roster Prediction for Week 1 at 49ers

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.
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al's picture

oooo well

RC Packer Fan's picture

I am somewhat with you on this one. I don't think Franklin will be inactive.
I think Mulumba will be active over Palmer. Although that will come down to special teams and I'm not sure which one is better at this point.
I am wondering if Brad Jones won't be playing? They have a more then capable fill in with Francois.

Fi crane's picture

Three -four rookies starting. That's. tall order. They'll get us this week I think but well get em in January

Dennis eckersley's picture

Hayward out another month. Our training staff is shit. You can't convince me otherwise. No other teams have injuries linger like ours. If anything, it seems like I keep hearing players coming back BEFORE their estimated timeline.

Stroh's picture

What if Hayward lied to the training staff cuz he wanted to get on the field? So he downplayed the extent of his injury, went out before he was ready and re-injured it worse than he did the 1st time! Is that the training staffs fault? There is no way to accurately tell how bad the injury is w/o getting the patient to be honest about it! If you knew a F'in thing about training and conditioning you would know that little tidbit!!! Just STFU please, you don't know a damn thing about it!

mudduckcheesehead's picture

A bit defensive are we, Mr. Burruss?

Dennis eckersley's picture

Yeah. They've all been lying for the last 4 years. Ted Thompson drafts fragile liars. That's it. Injured hammy be damned, Casey Hayward was just dying to get back on the field for that those epic preseason matchups!

Stroh's picture

Saying that you can't know how bad a hamstring is w/o getting honesty from the player. None of the other players w/ hamstrings had reinjuries did they? None I remember, which leads to my theory that Hayward wasn't honest about his RE-injury! Apparently reading isn't a strong suit either!

I would like to see if the Packers have more muscle pulls/strains than other teams, my guess is they don't actually. Nothing the traing staff could do about Bulaga, Sherrod Tretter, same w/ Nick Collins, Richardson, Tramon or House shoulders, Nelsons injury was nerve related so can't prevent that either!

Shouldn't talk about what you know NOTHING about!

Longshanks's picture

I am sure the play of Micah Hyde had a little bit to do with Hayward trying to get back as soon as possible. Players know good players when they see them. Hayward even though he had a great rookie season and is going to be a great player even felt the urge to get back on sooner and his reason was Micah Hyde.

Brett Favre used to say the same thing. He never wanted to go out because he had a fear of being replaced. I agree with your theory on this one Stroh. He probably lied a tad bit.

gbjohnny's picture

Just saying, facts and guessing are sometimes different.

Cow42's picture

All that article shows is how much better the 49'ers are at preparing their players to withstand the violence of football.

Just one more thing they've got an edge over the Packers on.

Even going into this first game of the season, they're healthier.

Packers need to re-evaluate EVERYTHING.

The TKstinator's picture

Yep and in SF the air smells fresher, all the women are beautiful, and all the children are above average.

Late in his career, John Madden was accused of being just a parody of himself.

Our favorite bovine is dangling upon that same precipice.

Cow42's picture

So all these injuries are just bad luck? And their run of few injuries is just good luck?

Keep trying to believe that.

The TKstinator's picture

You're only making it worse for yourself.

SF players are genetically superior, better trained, better coached, better looking, better smelling, happier, better husbands and fathers, more honest, cleaner, thriftier, braver, and IF they die (although there is a good chance they are immortal) they will get to heaven faster.

Keep trying to believe that I didn't just read your mind.

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