The Green Bay Packers will be without Clay Matthews for a third straight game when they take on the Tennessee Titans.
Matthews, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, didn’t suit up in practice all week. The Packers pass rush has struggled in his absence.
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CB Damarious Randall was a limited participant on Thursday and Friday, but isn’t ready for Sunday’s game. TE Jared Cook also returned to practice this week, but he’s doubtful to play. C JC Tretter remains out of action with a knee injury, meaning Corey Linsley will once again get the start.
RB James Starks‘ availability remains unclear. He was a limited participant in practice all week, but he is listed as questionable. DB Micah Hyde was limited with a shoulder injury, and he is also questionable.
The good news for the Packers is with the returning players. WR Randall Cobb is no longer listed on the injury report. He was limited in action last week but looks to have recovered from his hamstring injury. G T.J. Lang and CB Quinten Rollins have also been removed from the report.
The Titans enter this game relatively healthy. RBs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry were both doubts for the game, but practiced fully on Friday and have been taken off the injury report. Tennessee will be ready to go with its full ‘exotic smashmouth’, and the Packers’ No. 1-ranked rush defense will need to be ready.
LB Aaron Wallace is questionable for Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury, but he was a full go in practice Friday. All seven players on Tennessee’s injury report practiced fully on Friday, so it can be assumed they will all suit up Sunday.
The Packers will need to play well without key pieces on defense yet again. With no Matthews or Randall, younger players will need to step up.