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Packers Inactives: 4 of 5 Questionable players are OUT vs. Lions

Four starters are among the Packers’ inactives in Week 12 for their Thanksgiving showdown against the Detroit Lions.

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On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers announced that four players were officially listed as questionable going into Thanksgiving’s game against the Detroit Lions: cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder), inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (neck), running back AJ Dillon (groin), safety Rudy Ford (biceps) and receiver Dontayvion Wicks (concussion/knee). All but Dillon are going to miss this game, as the Packers have now released their inactives.

Along with the players who were listed as questionable, running back Aaron Jones (knee) was previously ruled out of action earlier in the week. Tight end Josiah Deguara (hip) was listed as doubtful for the same and will also not go. Tackle Caleb Jones is the team’s only healthy scratch in this game.

Full Inactives

  • RB Aaron Jones (knee)
  • WR Dontayvion Wicks (concussion/knee)
  • TE Josiah Deguara (hip)
  • T Caleb Jones
  • ILB De’Vondre Campbell (neck)
  • CB Jaire Alexander (shoulder)
  • SAF Rudy Ford (biceps)

Aside from just the inactives list, the Packers will also be out tight end Luke Musgrave (lacerated kidney) and running back Emmanuel Wilson (shoulder), as they went on the injured reserve earlier this week. The good news is that all the injuries will provide opportunities to running back Patrick Taylor, running back James Robinson, fullback Henry Pearson, receiver Bo Melton and safety Benny Sapp III, players who were either signed to the 53-man roster this week or have been elevated for gameday from the practice squad.

If your head is spinning trying to figure out who is going to end up starting in the lineup this week, below are the players who are expected to see “starting” snaps as the preferred players in base or sub-packages against the Lions.

  • QB: Jordan Love
  • RB: AJ Dillon and Patrick Taylor
  • WR: Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed
  • TE: Tucker Kraft and Ben Sims (with Henry Pearson playing FB)
  • OL: Rasheed Walker/Yosh Nijman (LT), Elgton Jenkins (LG), Josh Myers (C), Jon Runyan Jr./Sean Rhyan (RG) and Zach Tom (RT)
  • DL: Kenny Clark, T.J. Slaton and Devonte Wyatt
  • OLB: Rashan Gary and Preston Smith
  • ILB: Quay Walker and Isaiah McDuffie
  • CB: Carrington Valentine and Corey Ballentine (with Keisean Nixon playing the slot)
  • SAF: Jonathan Owens and Anthony Johnson Jr.

In total, the Packers will be out at least eight preferred starters in this game from the moment this game kicks off.