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Packers vs. Saints inactives: Green Bay down 2 starting defensive backs

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Morgan Burnett joins Sam Shields on the sideline.

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Sunday Night Football is finally here, which means the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints have to declare their inactive players.

There aren't many big surprises for Green Bay. Defensive end Datone Jones was already ruled out with a nagging ankle sprain. Meanwhile, cornerback Sam Shields will sit another week as he recovers from a patellar tendon injury. On a positive note for Shields, he was able to warm up with the team and is nearing a return.

The one injured player the coaching staff held out hope for was safety Morgan Burnett. Unfortunately for the Packers, he too is inactive. That means Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Micah Hyde will start at safety.

Here is the full inactive list for both teams:

Packers

  • LB Carl Bradford
  • S Morgan Burnett
  • C Garth Gerhart
  • WR Jeff Janis
  • DE Datone Jones
  • CB Sam Shields
  • QB Scott Tolzien

Saints

  • C Jonathan Goodwin
  • CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
  • LB Kyle Knox
  • WR Joe Morgan
  • RB Khiry Robinson
  • RB Pierre Thomas
  • WR Nick Toon
Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation Newsdesk Contributor and writes for Sports on Earth.