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Injuries leave Packers a little thin

Oct. 27, 2012
 

The Packers will enter their game against Jacksonville very thin at some offensive positions.

At receiver, they could be down to four healthy wideouts. Jordy Nelsonís hamstring has been acting up and he will be tested on game day. If he canít go, that will leave the Packers with Randall Cobb, James Jones, Donald Driver and rookie Jarrett Boykin.

Driver has four catches for 45 yards in seven games this season, while Boykin has yet to catch an NFL pass.

The running back corps has also been depleted. It looks like John Kuhn canít go, which will leave the Packers with three healthy running backs: Alex Green, James Starks and Johnny White.

Starks has just five carries for 11 yards this season, while White hasn't carried the ball from scrimmage.

Itís possible the Packers could attempt to use their tight ends to fill in the depth chart on offense, since Kuhn is the only fullback on the roster. Coach Mike McCarthy said tight ends and fullbacks have been interchangeable in the past.

ďI think my whole time here, there was definitely a period of time where we kept three fullbacks, but weíve always interchanged responsibilities between the tight end and the fullback positions,Ē said McCarthy. ďAnd frankly the number of times when weíre doing personnel evaluations as far as numbers I lump those two positions together a lot. Whether weíre doing our responsibility tree for offense in pass protection or route running, itís important to train those two positions the same.Ē

Expect all four tight ends on the roster to be activated: Jermichael Finley, Tom Crabtree, D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor. Besides playing tight end, they could be used at fullback or even wide receiver.

Itís possible the Packers could limit Cobbís return duties because of the thin receiving corps. Why risk injuring another receiver if itís not absolutely necessary?

The Packers are carrying 52 players on their roster, so they only have to place six players on the game-day inactive list. Five of those spots have already been taken by injured players: Greg Jennings, Charles Woodson, Sam Shields, Nick Perry and Kuhn.

That leaves only one more inactive spot up in the air for Sundayís game, and if Nelson canít go, the list will be complete.

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