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Packers-Eagles inactives: Damarious Randall returns, but Green Bay without starting ILBs

The Packers defense gains a key member of its secondary but must operate without linebackers Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez during Monday's tilt with the Eagles.

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The Green Bay Packers receive some necessarily reinforcements in the secondary Monday, as starting cornerback Damarious Randall returns to action. However, the team also must play without either of its starting inside linebackers, Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez.

Randall has missed the last five weeks while recovering from a groin injury. Though the second-year corner played inconsistently before his prolonged absence, he remains the Packers' top cover man after the team ruled out Sam Shields for the remainder of the season.

Still, Randall's return only offsets so much of the injury-riddled unit's other deficiencies elsewhere. Since Ryan went down two weeks ago, the Packers previously stout run defense has nosedived, with DeMarco Murray and Rob Kelley going off for more than 120 rushing yards and four combined touchdowns in his absence. Martinez's injury only exacerbates the problem. As a result, Clay Matthews may spend more time than usual off the ball rather than his customary spot on the edge.

In a surprise development, the Philadelphia Eagles will play without Brandon Brooks. The starting right guard went to the hospital earlier Monday with an undisclosed illness, forcing the team to leave him inactive. The last-second nature of the change could leave Philadelphia more susceptible to penetration from Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels.

Below are the full inactive lists for both teams:

Green Bay Packers

· CB Demetri Goodson

· LB Jake Ryan

· LB Blake Martinez

· LB Kyler Fackrell

· G T.J. Lang

· C JC Tretter

· DL Christian Ringo

Philadelphia Eagles

· WR Nelson Agholor

· RB Ryan Mathews

· DE Steven Means

· OL Gordon

· OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai

· DT Taylor Hart

· G Brandon Brooks

Jason B. Hirschhorn is an award-winning journalist and Pro Football Writers of America member. He covers the NFL for Sports on Earth and SB Nation. He also serves as the senior writer and editor for Acme Packing Company, a Green Bay Packers blog.