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Packers add Blake Martinez to injury report as questionable for SNF against Chiefs

The primary defensive communicator was downgraded on Saturday.

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While the Kansas City Chiefs ruled six starters out for this week's Sunday Night Football game, every member of the Green Bay Packers' roster still has a chance to play. That was the case when Friday's injury report came out, as side receiver Davante Adams and tight end Robert Tonyan were both listed as doubtful for Sunday's game.

But on Saturday, the Packers made a modification to Friday's report, adding another player to the injury report. Inside linebacker Blake Martinez did appear on this week's practice reports with a wrist/band injury, but he was a full participant all week and did not receive an injury status on Friday. However, the team added him back to the report with a questionable tag on Saturday.

If Martinez cannot go or is somewhat limited on Sunday, the Packers would be in a bit of trouble on the inside. He plays virtually every defensive snap for the team, communicating coordinator Mike Pettine's playcalls on the field. Another player would have to take over that responsibility in his absence, perhaps safety Adrian Amos or another linebacker like Oren Burks.

Replacing his production on the inside would be a challenge as well. Although he is not a tremendous coverage player, Martinez remains a steady run defender who racks up a ton of tackles - in fact he leads the NFL in total tackles through seven weeks. Burks, B.J. Goodson, and perhaps even Ty Summers would take a larger role if Blake sits, and Pettine may use more three safety looks again if rookie Darnell Savage (alsoosted as questionable) can return to the field.

Stau tuned for the inactives report about 90 minutes before kickoff.