On Friday, the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills both announced their injury reports for their upcoming game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. While only one starter has been ruled out on both reports combined, there are still a handful of important players whose statuses are either in doubt for Sunday's game or who have been officially ruled out.
First, we have the Packers' report, on which we find two key backups on defense who will be inactive on Sunday:
Packers Injury Report
DT Bruce Gaston (illness)
RB Eddie Lacy (hip)
G T.J. Lang (ankle)
OLB Nick Perry (shoulder)
G Josh Sitton (toe)
CB Davon House (shoulder)
ILB Jamari Lattimore (ankle)
Yes, Davon House is on the shelf this week after suffering a shoulder injury late in Monday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. House was the only defensive back to show much life in defending Julio Jones on Monday after he took over for Sam Shields, making his absence that much more meaningful. Still, the team plans to start Shields as normal, and hopefully he will put up a better performance with a full week of practice than he did last week after coming off a concussion.
Lattimore sits out yet again, though that will be a bigger blow to the special teams than the defense. The positive news here is that Eddie Lacy is listed as Probable, despite being limited in practice all week long. The big Packer running back will probably split cede some touches to James Starks on Sunday, much like he did against Atlanta.
Bills Injury Report
K Dan Carpenter (groin)
DT Stefan Charles (quad)
DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
TE Chris Gragg (knee)
S De'Norrris Searcy (hamstring)
WR Mike Williams (calf)
The only starter listed below probable this week for either team is Searcy, who has started 11 of the Bills 13 games this year and has collected three interceptions, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Searcy is a solid player, and has earned positive grades from Pro Football Focus in every game but one this season as the primary starter at strong safety.
Gragg is a rotational tight end whose main value is as a blocker; 60% of his snaps have come on running plays. Williams is the receiver who forced a trade out of Tampa Bay this offseason; he has played in nine games this year but recorded just eight receptions so far.
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