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Packers Injury Report: Clay Matthews Probable, Datone Jones Questionable with Ankle Issue

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The Packers should have their star linebacker on Sunday, but the availability of other key pass rushers is very much in question.

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The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings announced their injury reports on Friday afternoon in preparation for their week 12 game on Sunday afternoon. The Packers' report doubled in length from four players against the Eagles to eight this week, thanks to a few injuries that flared up after last Sunday's big win. The Vikings on the other hand, have eight players listed as Probable alone, with a total of 13 names on their report.

Here are the details.

Packers Injury Report

Probable

G T.J. Lang
G Josh Sitton
LB Clay Matthews
CB Davon House*

Questionable

CB Jarrett Bush
OLB Jayrone Elliott
DE Datone Jones
OLB Nick Perry

Out

TE Brandon Bostick

The first concerning name on this list is the sudden addition of Datone Jones. The young defensive end "turned his ankle", according to head coach Mike McCarthy, and his status for Sunday is very much in question. If Jones can't go on Sunday, look for Josh Boyd to take the bulk of the snaps at the left defensive end position in the few situations when the Packers are in the base 3-4 defense.

However, with the Packers' rotation and tendency to use the nickel package as their base defense, neither Jones nor Boyd has really stood out in snap counts lately anyway. In week 11 against the Eagles, Jones had 28 snaps to Boyd's 25, but the prior week against Chicago Boyd played 34 compared to Jones' 17. Still, Jones' productivity as a pass rusher is something that Boyd has not duplicated and would be missed if he cannot play on Sunday.

Nick Perry's continued absence from practice is concerning, though he may be able to practice on Saturday. If he cannot go, look for Mike Neal to get more snaps on the right side. That would also limit Dom Capers' ability to put multiple "elephant" players on the field.

As for some of the other names on the list, it's no surprise that Lang and Sitton are Probable. Both were limited in practice on Thursday, but both have played the last two games with little or no practice time with the team. Clay Matthews was also limited on Thursday, but likely will practice today and should be good to go for Sunday.

* UPDATE: The Packers added Davon House to the injury report on Saturday. He is listed as Probable due to an illness.

Vikings Injury Report

Probable

LB Anthony Barr
DE Scott Crichton
DE Everson Griffen
T Mike Harris
RB Jerick McKinnon
CB Captain Munnerlyn
CB Xavier Rhodes
TE Kyle Rudolph

Questionable

DT Sharrif Floyd
WR Greg Jennings
T Matt Kalil
WR Jarius Wright

Out

RB Matt Asiata

The Vikings have a much more extensive injury report, though most of their players are probable. Kyle Rudolph will likely return after not playing in these teams' first meeting. Matt Kalil, however, was held out of Friday's practice with a knee injury after participating fully earlier in the week. He has struggled mightily this year at left tackle, but is still a key piece on the offensive line; the Vikings' unofficial depth chart on their team website does not even list a backup at that position.

Asiata's concussion will keep him out this week, which helps explain why the Vikings claimed fellow running back Ben Tate on waivers from Cleveland. Floyd, another key piece on the interior of the Vikings' defense, hasn't practiced since Wednesday, and might not be able to go either.

Keep it here for more updates on Sunday's game.