The Green Bay Packers will almost certainly be dealing with absences on defense once again this weekend, particularly at outside linebacker and cornerback — the two cornerstone positions of the team’s defensive scheme. On Thursday, the Packers ruled their top edge rusher, Nick Perry, as doubtful for Saturday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Perry, who missed the team’s week 14 game against the Cleveland Browns with foot and shoulder injuries, suffered an ankle injury against the Carolina Panthers last Sunday, which appears to be the problematic injury this week. He has not recorded a sack since the Packers’ week 10 victory over the Chicago Bears, when he had three.
Joining Perry on the injury report is Clay Matthews, who is listed as questionable. Matthews was a non-participant in practice all week, so there is still a decent chance that he may not be able to play either. Veteran offensive guard Jahri Evans is in the same boat as Matthews.
The Packers did rule two players out entirely for Sunday: wide receiver Davante Adams and cornerback Demetri Goodson. Since being reactivated from injured reserve, Goodson has yet to play as he suffered a hamstring injury shortly upon his return to the active roster. Adams was ruled out on Thursday morning as he remains in the concussion protocol.
One bit of good news is that cornerback Davon House was able to practice all week, albeit in a limited fashion. His presence would at least help the Packers’ depth at corner and would give them another veteran piece to match up with the Vikings’ Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
Minnesota, meanwhile, has ruled just a single player out — cornerback Tramaine Brock — and has a trio of key players listed as questionable. All of those individuals practiced at least on a limited basis on Thursday, however.
Here are the full reports for both teams.
PACKERS INJURY REPORT
WR Davante Adams
CB Demetri Goodson
OLB Nick Perry
G Jahri Evans
CB Davon House
OLB Clay Matthews
VIKINGS INJURY REPORT
CB Tramaine Brock
CB Mackensie Alexander
OT Riley Reiff
S Andrew Sendejo