Matching up against Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson just got a lot more difficult for Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers.
That is because the Packers ruled rookie cornerback Kevin King out for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. King, who stands 6’3” and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, is the most physically gifted of the Packers’ corners, and the one who would be best suited to matching up with Evans, Tampa Bay’s leading receiver. Evans is a size-speed freak, standing just shy of 6’5” and running a 4.53 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Combine.
Meanwhile, DeSean Jackson plays a little slower than the 4.35 time from the 2008 Combine, but not by much. The Packers can match up with his size, as he stands just 5’10”, but that deep speed should be a serious problem — or, at least, it will be if his foot injury does not limit him too much, as he is listed as questionable for the game.
The Packers have no other players officially ruled out as of Friday, but there are several key players whose statuses will be decided on gameday. That group includes edge rusher Clay Matthews and rookie running back Aaron Jones.
The Bucs, on the other hand, have a host of players on the report, with several of them being starters.
Here is the full report from both teams for Sunday’s game.
Packers Injury Report
- CB Kevin King (shoulder)
- OLB Ahmad Brooks (back)
- DT Kenny Clark (ankle)
- RB Aaron Jones (knee)
- OLB Clay Matthews (groin)
- G Lucas Patrick (hand)
Buccaneers Injury Report
- DE Robert Ayers (concussion)
- CB Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring)
- RB Doug Martin (concussion)
- DT Clinton McDonald (back)
- S Josh Robinson (hamstring)
- S T.J. Ward (concussion)
- TE Cameron Brate (hip)
- WR DeSean Jackson (foot)
- OT Leonard Wester (ankle)
- QB Jameis Winston (right shoulder)