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Pre-Game Injury Report: Lions at Packers

I don't expect the Green Bay Packers to bench every player who's nursing an injury. They still want to beat the Lions and they'll need to field a team. The only player who could be a healthy scratch is Aaron Rodgers, which is understandable due to his importance, but I would expect they'll be cautious on game time decisions for players who are listed on this week's injury report.

OUT: Randall Cobb, Greg Jennings, and James Starks. DOUBTFUL: Bryan Bulaga. QUESTIONABLE: Clay Matthews, and Charles Woodson. PROBABLE: Chad Clifton, Jermichael Finley, and Ryan Pickett.

If there were two players (other than Rodgers) that I'd like to see sit this weekend, it'd be Matthews and Woodson. Listing them as questionable would make them a game time decision, and I hope they decide to hold them out. The three players listed as probable should play, especially Clifton, who needs the game as a warm up for the playoffs. Reading between the lines, it doesn't look like Bulaga's ready to play and he should be out. They'll be thin at wide receiver without Jennings and Cobb, so look for fewer three receiver sets on Sunday.

I'm not sure who'll be returning kicks and punts in Cobb's absence. No one else has been asked to do either this season except Cobb.

My guess is that the Lions are treating this week like a normal game. Players who are a game time decision will probably play. Not only could a win help secure the No. 5 seed in the playoffs, it's a point of pride to finish strong on the road and end a nearly 20 year losing streak in Wisconsin. I expect all their injured players, except S Louis Delmas (who's been out for a few weeks with a knee injury), will try to play.