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Preseason Preview: Chiefs at Green Bay Packers

If you're looking forward to a game featuring many player in Packer uniforms who will not be members of the Green Bay Packers in a couple days, then this is the game for you. I'll be seriously tempted to switch over to the Badgers game on ESPN, and let the DVR record this preseason battle-of-the-backups.

I wouldn't be surprised to see them just keep QB Aaron Rodgers out while his foot is bothering him. Maybe one series for the starting offense and defense, minus WR Donald Driver and TE Jermichael Finley. Don't expect to see LB Clay Matthews or CB Charles Woodson either. From the Press-Gazette:

Randall Cobb and James Jones both have knee bruises and aren’t expected to play. Neither player practiced Tuesday.

Others unlikely to play are tight ends Jermichael Finley (ankle) and Ryan Taylor (hip flexor), and tackle Chris Campbell (knee).

On defense, safety Anthony Levine (concussion), defensive end Lawrence Guy (concussion) and linebacker Frank Zombo (scapula) are out.

It's too bad about Taylor, who was the star in Indianapolis with the last minute touchdown and two-point conversion reception. Hopefully his injury doesn't force him off the team. Or course, if it's serious enough to keep him out for a while, he could wind up on I.R. and give them an easier roster decision at tight end. I expect the Packers will keep Campbell on I.R. this season. For the injured defensive players, the Packers could either release Levine and Guy or keep place them on I.R. while Zombo could still end up on I.R. but they may wait for him to return in late October.

So this will be one last chance for approximately 30 players to give the Packers another reason to keep them around. I'm not crossing my fingers and hoping that certain players show up tonight. The Packers have solid starters and depth at every position regardless of what happens. It's really a relief that the evaluation process is almost over, the final roster decisions will be made, and the pieces will all be in place for another playoff run.