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Packers-Bears inactives, Week 1 2019: No big surprises for Green Bay

After missing practice all week, linebacker Oren Burks and wideout Darrius Shepherd will also miss Thursday night’s Packers-Bears matchup.

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The 2019 NFL regular season will kick off in less than 90 minutes, and the Green Bay will have most of the expected players at their disposal. Inside linebacker Oren Burks and rookie wide receiver Darrius Shepherd, both of which the team ruled out earlier in the week, headline the inactive list.

Burks hasn’t played or practiced since hurting a pectoral muscle during the Packers’ preseason opener against the Houston Texans. Though the injury will keep him out early in the season, Green Bay expects Burks to return later in the year. Until then, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will have to play with a thin linebacking corps, as Curtis Bolton will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and newly acquired B.J. Goodson has barely practiced with the team.

As for Shepherd, hamstring trouble has sidelined him all week. The Packers have given no indication as to the severity of the injury. The team promoted Allen Lazard off the practice squad earlier this week to bring the number of healthy wideouts up to six.

Check out the Packers’ full inactive list below.

  • Oren Burks
  • Ka’Dar Hollman
  • Kingsley Keke
  • Alex Light
  • Cole Madison
  • Darrius Shepherd
  • Dexter Williams