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With the season-opening contest with the Chicago Bears on deck and less than 48 hours away, the Green Bay Packers announced their Friday injury report this afternoon. There's good news on the report for Packers fans hoping to see the offense at full strength, but two defensive starters are in question for Sunday's game.
Meanwhile, the Bears' report is also out and finds all of their top three wide receivers questionable. Here's a look at the Packers first
Packers Injury Report
WR Randall Cobb (shoulder)
ILB Sam Barrington (ankle)
S Morgan Burnett (calf)
The Packers do indeed seem prepared to have Randall Cobb available on Sunday, which would complete their wide receiver group with Jordy Nelson out for the year. Cobb has been a limited participant in practice all week, and was listed that way today (though the Packers do not practice on Fridays).
Barrington was also limited all week, but the fact that he is questionable makes us wonder if his ankle issue is more serious than advertised. It seems plausible that he would play, but if he cannot that would likely force the Packers to insert Nate Palmer into the starting lineup opposite Clay Matthews, as well as result in some playing time on defense for rookie Jake Ryan.
Finally, Burnett's continued absence from practice has him listed as questionable with his calf injury. Micah Hyde or Sean Richardson are the logical choices to back up Burnett at strong safety, and if it's Hyde, that would ensure that Casey Hayward plays in the slot in the nickel and probably would push Quinten Rollins into the dime package.
Bears Injury Report
OT Jermon Bushrod (back)
QB Jimmy Clausen (concussion)
DT Eddie Goldman (concussion)
ILB Jon Bostic (ankle)
WR Alshon Jeffery (calf)
WR Eddie Royal (hip)
WR Marquess Wilson (hamstring)
LB Sam Acho (illness)
CB Tracy Porter (hamstring)
That questionable list is daunting for the Bears, as the three receivers there make up the top three on the depth chart with Kevin White sidelined. Although all three are listed as questionable, one Bears reporter suggests that at least some of them will play:
I would be shocked if all 3 top WRs don't play on Sunday. All have had no setbacks. Part of Fox's game, I'm sure. #Bears— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) September 11, 2015
Porter might have played in the slot this week if he weren't out, while Acho is a reserve linebacker who is backing up Pernell McPhee on the left side.