The Green Bay Packers might not have enough players to dress the maximum number of 46 on game day Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Asked McCarthy if #Packers have to suit up 46 players even if they don't have 46 healthy ones. "That's a good question. I've never asked."
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) October 18, 2013
Four players — linebackers Clay Matthews (thumb) and Nick Perry (foot), running back James Starks (knee) and tight end Ryan Taylor (knee) — have been ruled out. Three others — wide receiver James Jones (knee) and linebackers Brad Jones (hamstring) and Mike Neal (shoulder) — did not practice on Thursday. If none of them plays on Sunday, that would be seven inactives right there.
Throw in wideout Randall Cobb (knee), who was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return, and cornerback Casey Hayward, who has yet to play this season and hasn’t been cleared to play yet despite practicing on a limited basis this week. They might have more than seven inactives Sunday. Wide receiver will be a short-handed position, but the defense also will be taxed significantly.
The Browns are in far better shape. Defensive end Billy Winn (quadricep) is out, linebacker Brandon Magee (oblique) is questionable, and everyone else is either probable or not listed on the report.
Tough game for the Packers, even at Lambeau.
And now for the rest of Sunday’s games:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons: Wideout Roddy White (ankle), Steven Jackson (hamstring) and left tackle Sam Baker (knee) are all out for Atlanta. It will be the first missed game of White's NFL career. Linebacker Akeem Dent is questionable. For Tampa, guard Carl Nicks is out once more with a foot injury, and receiver Mike Williams remains questionable with a hamstring.
St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers: Rams corner Cortland Finnegan is likely a no go once more, with a nagging thigh. He needs to get back on the field soon to prove his worth. The Panthers could be without two defenders again, with defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (hamstring) listed doubtful and corner D.J. Moore (knee) out.
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions: It appears that the Bengals will have all hands on deck, as center Kyle Cook (shoulder), corner Terence Newman (abdomen) and defensive tackle Devon Still (back) are all listed probable — and that’s the extent of their injuries. It’s likely another week or two for Lions right tackle Jason Fox (knee), as he’s doubtful.
San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars hope to have both their receivers, even though both Cecil Shorts (shoulder) and Justin Blackmon (hamstring) are questionable. Blackmon is the more likely of the two to go, and he should be able to start. With Chargers inside linebacker not likely to go (doubtful with a groin), Andrew Gatchkar likely starts again.
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins: The Bills have no surprise injuries, but as we’ve known, Thad Lewis — despite his painful foot injury suffered last week — will go again in place of E.J. Manuel. The biggest worry for the Dolphins is linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (shoulder), who is doubtful.
New England Patriots at New York Jets: Big news! Rob Gronkowski is back, ready to make his season debut. He’s been killing it in practice, per reports, but how effective will he be after such a long layoff? Not so good news on receiver Danny Amendola (concussion/groin), who has been ruled out, and corner Aqib Talib (hip), who is doubtful. The Jets will be shorthanded at receiver with Santonio Holmes (foot/hamstring) and Greg Salas (knee) out. Every other Jet listed is probable.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick has declared himself out with a hamstring, even though the team says he’s questionable. Oh well — Nick Foles will start. The Cowboys will be down two of their best players if DeMarco Murray (knee) and DeMarcus Ware (shoulder) — both doubtful — are out. Of the two, Ware is slightly more likely to play, perhaps a game-time decision.
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins: We expect Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (knee) and corner Charles Tillman (knee), both questionable, to play. The only Redskin in danger of missing is rookie corner David Amerson, who has a concussion. He’s listed as questionable.
San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans: Titans quarterback Jake Locker (hio/knee) took most of the first-team snaps in practice, so we expect him to give it a go after missing a few weeks. Five regulars on the 49ers’ defense are listed as questionable — defensive linemen Glenn Dorsey (hamstring), Ray McDonald (biceps) and Justin Smith (shoulder), plus corner Carlos Rogers (knee).
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs: With Matt Schaub (ankle/foot) out, Case Keenum — not T.J. Yates — will make the start, his first in the NFL. Among the Chiefs’ key players, only safety Kendrick Lewis (ankle), who is questionable, is in doubt to play.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers: The late news out of Pittsburgh is that rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones (concussion), who is questionable, might not be a go. It could come down to a game-time decision and whether the doctors will clear him. Ravens slot receiver Brandon Stokley (thigh) is doubtful and unlikely to go.
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts: Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard (neck) is likely to make the trip and at least be a possibility; right tackle Orlando Franklin almost certainly won’t be there, though. The Colts got good news when Jerrell Freeman (concussion) and safety LaRon Landry (ankle) both practiced Friday; they are both probable. First-round pick Bjoern Werner (foot), a situational rusher, will be out.
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