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Could we field a team with IR/PUP players?

I offer this thought experiment not to make light of the serious injuries that have affected real men, husbands, and fathers, but rather to add a little humor to our team's current situation.

If all the guys on PUP and IR were magically made healthy, could they field a team by themselves? (For purposes of this post, I'm including Finley, although nothing has been made official.)

First, let's look at offense:

LT - Bryan Bulaga
LG - Jerel Worthy
C - Greg Van Roten
RG - JC Tretter
RT - Derek Sherrod

QB - Randall Cobb
RB - DuJuan Harris
FB - Robert Francois
WR - Kevin Dorsey
WR - Sederrik Cunningham

TE - Jermichael Finley

Not bad! We ask Cobb to play his old position as QB, Worthy flips from defensive line to offensive line, and Francois blocks linebackers instead of playing one. Seriously, tell me this group couldn't score on the Vikings. On to defense:

DT - JC Tretter
DT - Derek Sherrod
DE - Jerel Worthy
DE - Bryan Bulaga

OLB - Jermichael Finley
OLB - DuJuan Harris
ILB - Robert Francois

CB - Sederik Cunningham
CB - Randall Cobb
SS - Sean Richardson
FS - Kevin Dorsey

Here I switched to a 4-3 to take advantage of the large bodies we have. I put Harris and Finley as OLBs since they'll have to cover RBs and TEs and are athletic enough to cover the flats. Otherwise wide receivers play in the secondary led by Richardson. Francois and Worthy add an experienced presence in the linebackers and d-line.

Am I missing anyone? Which players would you move around? If given a little time and coaching, could this team be competitive?

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