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Packers Injury Report Continues to Create Roadblocks

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Packers Injury Report Continues to Create Roadblocks

An already-occupied Packers injury report reached new heights on Saturday.

With Sam Shields, Jared Cook and Chris Banjo all out for Sunday's showdown in Green Bay against the visiting Cowboys, Quinten Rollins was also added to the questionable group. A group that consists of Eddie Lacy - who stands alone as the only healthy running back on the roster, Damarious Randall and James Starks. 

Starks, as ESPN's Rob Demovsky reported, may miss several weeks due to a meniscus injury in a knee. A few roster moves were made, including the release of Joe Callahan who was quickly snatched up by the Saints, and the short-tenured Brian Price, who will likely find his way back to the practice squad given whether or not he clears waivers.

The previously-suspended Mike Pennel and Demetri Goodson were both activated just two days shy of their expiring roster exemptions, which meant the Packers didn't have to make an immediate move to shift them back to the 53-man roster. Many were questioning whether or not the lone running back on the practice squad would be seeing a promotion in the near future. Given Saturday's likely concluded roster updates, that won't happen. For now, at least.

That lone running back is Don Jackson, who may have been facing a brief promotion to form cohesion with Lacy, who had been dealing with an ankle injury suffered last Sunday night against the Giants. I wrote this on Jackson in July:

"Jackson, originally a troubled teen from south Sacramento who took the hard road to the University of Nevada, was signed to the Packers as an undrafted free agent. His stout build pairs well with his quick, explosive maneuvering, almost similar to what (John) Crockett has shown with a larger body type."

As it stands now, he'll remain on the team's practice squad in favor of the two returning players. There's clear fondness from the Packers on Goodson and his ability to play as an appreciable gunner on special teams. Goodson doesn't bring fantastic depth to the cornerback position by any means, but albeit, depth is depth; he'll provide solidity to a unit that may be without Rollins on Sunday. Like his counterpart in Randall, he's also dealing with a groin injury while Shields remains in concussion protocol.

Come Sunday, Lacy and fullback Aaron Ripkowski may prove as the only two pure running backs seen in the offense. Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery, who have combined for seven total carries out of the backfield this season, may also see time. Cobb was a scratch off this week's injury report despite a nasty hit suffered on the game-winning first down last week, so keeping him away from the tailback position may be desired. 

On the opposite side of the ball, the historically efficient front seven will be up against a stout Cowboys offensive line. A fact that may have been the driving force behind activating Pennel for Sunday rather than keeping him sidelined with his roster exemption as aforementioned.

The Packers and Cowboys kick off at 3:25 PM CT on Sunday and the home team will be sporting their 1937-1948 throwback uniforms. The club will also honor Brett Favre at halftime and present his name on Lambeau Field's  facade alongside other cemented greats to have played for the organization.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Ibleedgreenmore's picture

Man that dang injury bug and right when it hits us the most. I can see why they did not cut Goodson for now. The DB are dropping like flies, might be Janis will be playing there too. Seriously this is not good, the D better bring it tomorrow.

Lphill's picture

I don't think Dez will be a factor tomorrow , another hit to his knee might doom him for the season .

dobber's picture

He's questionable, but I'm reading from Dallas writers that Bryant isn't expected to play. It's possible, but they expect him to be held out until after their bye.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Starks is officially out. See link.

There is some real buzz that Tyrone Smith won't play. He is far more important than Bryant, and Smith really should be a bigger "name" player than Bryant. Solid worth beat out by flash.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2016/10/15/packers-downgrade-james-...

Amanofthenorth's picture

if our CB's could survive the NY Giants...

I feel a blow out coming here. Lack of running yards force turnovers by a rookie QB.. This seems inevitable...which means bet against it, I guess.

Nick Perry's picture

To have a RB situation like he Packers have right now is beyond ridiculous, it's reckless and stupid. Now I can see the Packers trying Montgomery there for a few snaps since they hardly ever use him as a WR, but even then to not have a viable RB behind Lacy and Starks is so stupid it's beyond description.

Not to mention the one guy they have on the PS they don't deem good enough to activate. Thompson you sly fox.

zeke's picture

If they were to add a running back that would mean carrying fewer than 7 WRs, and the end of the bench might get cold. I guess.

tm_inter's picture

I think fullback Ripkowski will run a few times. How about Janis running from the backfield? With his speed he might be gone if he can get through the first few defenders.

korbie33's picture

If Lacey is limited I see the Packers flooding the field with receivers from all directions passing 70% of the time. This might be fun to watch and maybe we'll see some of the guys that don't normally play. Go Pack.

DaTomkat's picture

I smell a shootout at the OK Corral. 3 step drops and fire a laser. Lots of roll outs. Aaron: we never lost faith. Light a fire under these guys and when you come out in the 2nd. half with the lead, put the hammer down and lets finish this thing !!

al bundy's picture

The bigger picture problem: Mike M does not like to change anything. Practice is easier doing the same thing over and over again so expecting mential mike to come up with inventive crap is like expecting the tooth fairy to put money under your pillow. Whimsical but not happening

al bundy's picture

La y does not have anankle injury he has a weak ankle from being too fn fat. This guy has put on 25 since the first of the year. What a pig.

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