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Cheese Curds, 9/22: Packers believe in their backups at OLB & OT

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Ahmad Brooks and Kyle Murphy may be pressed into starting duty this week, and the Packers are confident in both players.

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When the Green Bay Packers suit up on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, they will certainly do so without several starters. Exactly how many are out will be determined on Sunday afternoon, but the team has a plan for filling in for each one of them just in case.

A couple key players will definitely be sitting, however, or at least are nearly sure things. Nick Perry and Mike Daniels are the big ones, but the Packers have luckily got two players back to help ease the burden of their absences. Ahmad Brooks returned to practice from a concussion, while Ricky Jean Francois is back on the team after a one-week stint as a free agent.

Meanwhile, if either offensive tackle needs to sit again on Sunday, Kyle Murphy is ready to go. He has shown more than enough in two games for fans and coaches alike to view him as a viable backup and spot starter, and it’s encouraging to hear the comments out of the team facility regarding his play so far.

Returning Ahmad Brooks gives Packers 'flexibility' on defense | Packers.com
It's a good thing for the Packers' defense that Brooks is back, considering Nick Perry's finger surgery that will keep him out at least this week.

David Bakhtiari believes in backup Kyle Murphy | Packersnews.com
If Bulaga is indeed back on Sunday but Bakhtiari has to sit out again, don’t expect the Packers’ right tackle to switch sides. Bulaga would stay on the right side with Murphy getting a second straight start at left tackle, and Bakh praised the second-year pro for his poise on and off the field.

Davon House on Packers rookie CB Kevin King: ‘He’s not scared of anyone’ | Packers Wire
That's a good thing, because King was asked -- and will be asked again -- to man up with some of the best wideouts in the NFL. Julio Jones was last week, A.J. Green is up on Sunday, and Antonio Brown lurks in a week 12 showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ricky Jean Francois back with Packers; Jason Spriggs lands on IR | Packersnews.com
We know about the transaction, but the backstory of RJF’s last week is worth telling. In fact, the Saints worked him out Tuesday and told him to “go get his passport,” according to Tom Silverstein, because they play in London in week 4 and intended to sign him.

Clay Matthews has sights on Green Bay Packers' career sacks record - ESPN
Matthews is just a half-sack behind Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila for the franchise record (74.5), and he had arguably his best game in more than a year last week in Atlanta.

5 must-read stats: Don't you dare bench A.J. Green - NFL.com
One bit of fantasy advice relating to Packers-Bengals is that Green should have lots of opportunities. This analyst, at least, thinks Cincinnati will be playing from behind early and should take a lot of shots downfield.