The Packers will get a significant boost with key players returning on both sides of the ball when they play the Denver Broncos on Sunday night, but their defense may be the biggest beneficiary.
Not only will the Packers return safety Morgan Burnett (calf) and defensive tackle B.J. Raji (groin) to the field, but outside linebacker Nick Perry (shoulder/hand) was also activated. Perry was listed as questionable on the team's injury report, while Burnett and Raji were probable. Raji was upgraded to probable from questionable Saturday.
None of those three defensive players were on the field against the San Diego Chargers two weeks ago. Burnett, a key cog in on-field defensive communication, has missed five of six games this season with his calf strain. Damarious Randall, who was probable with an ankle injury, was also activated. Clearly, the team's bye week came at a good time.
The Packers' undermanned offense will also get a boost. Receiver Davante Adams (ankle) returns to the field tonight after missing most of the team's past four games. Running back James Starks (hip) will also play. Starks was questionable after being injured against the Chargers. He had 112 yards on 10 carries against the Chargers and scored two touchdowns, one rushing and the other receiving.
Receiver Ty Montgomery, who was doubtful with an ankle injury, is the only significant loss to the Packers' inactive list. Joining him are quarterback Brett Hundley, cornerback LaDarius Gunter, outside linebacker Andy Mulumba, guard Lane Taylor, guard Josh Walker and tight end Kennard Backman.
Here are the Broncos' seven inactives vs. the Packers.
WR Jordan Norwood
QB Trevor Siemian
CB Lorenzo Doss
OLB Shane Ray
G Shelley Smith
T Ty Sambrailo
NT Darius Kilgo