As far as injuries are concerned, few teams have been hit as hard as the Green Bay Packers this season. One team that could argue that the Dallas Cowboys are in that discussion, however, especially on the defensive side of the ball. They have gone through defensive linemen like the Packers went through outside linebackers earlier this season, and now the Cowboys' injury bug has spread back to their own linebacking corps.
Though they won't be missing their starting quarterback like the Packers, Two of Dallas' starters, middle linebacker Sean Lee and weak-side linebacker Bruce Carter, are out this week. Here is the full injury report for the Cowboys:
OUT: LB Bruce Carter, LB Sean Lee, WR/KR Dwayne Harris
QUESTIONABLE: CB Morris Claiborne
PROBABLE: LB Justin Durant, DT Jason Hatcher, LB DeVonte Holloman, LB Orie Lemon
Obviously, Carter's and Lee's absences are the big news, and they will likely be replaced by Ernie Sims and Justin Durant, respectively. Those changes will likely lead to more favorable matchups for the Packers' tight ends in the passing game, as well as hopefully creating bigger running lanes for Eddie Lacy and James Starks.
Harris is another weapon for the Cowboys, as he has been one of the league's best return men this year. In fact, he ranks second in the NFL in average punt return yardage with 14.0 (with one touchdown on the year) and third in average kick return yardage at 30.5.
Finally, the other big name here is Morris Claiborne, who has started six games for the Cowboys this year. Wen he plays, Claiborne usually comes onto the field as the nickel back, with Orlando Scandrick moving into the slot. His availability could be a factor for the Packers' passing game this week as well.
As always, we will bring you the list of inactive players for both teams as soon as possible on Sunday afternoon.