The Green Bay Packers have officially announced that both cornerback Jaire Alexander (ankle) and receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) will suit up against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Alexander rolled his ankle in a “freak” injury during Wednesday’s walkthrough practice and missed the final two practices of the week. Meanwhile, Watson has been dealing with a nagging hamstring injury that has cost him games over several stretches during the regular season.
With Watson in the ball game, the Packers ruled out receiver Malik Heath from action. This means that Bo Melton, who put up an incredible two-game stretch as a practice squad call-up during the final two weeks of the regular season, has officially moved up the depth chart at the position.
Packers CB Jaire Alexander out here pregame cutting and backpedaling on that ankle he rolled in practice this week. A game time decision, the pregame work is a big part of deciding his availability pic.twitter.com/KHuQ1nsybt— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) January 14, 2024
Since Alexander has been ruled active, Green Bay will not be using practice squad call-up David Long Jr., who was re-signed to the practice squad on Friday and elevated to be used versus the Cowboys on Saturday. It appears that Long’s activity hinged on Alexander’s status.
It’s not all good news for the Packers on the injury front, though. AJ Dillon is the only player who is going to miss the game due to injury, but that’s a major factor in Green Bay’s running game. With Dillon out last week against the Chicago Bears, no non-Aaron Jones backs were given a single carry in Week 18.
Dallas’ run defense is less than stellar, giving the Packers an opportunity to stay on the field by running the rock. The question now is if head coach Matt LaFleur will actually put the ball in the hands of Patrick Taylor and Emanuel Wilson, the backs who are backing up Jones in this game.
Packers’ Full Inactives
- RB AJ Dillon (thumb)
- WR Malik Heath
- T Caleb Jones
- OLB Brenton Cox Jr.
- CB David Long Jr.
- S Benny Sapp III