The Green Bay Packers will be without left tackle David Bakhtiari and cornerback Sam Shields for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Don Barclay, who has started four games at right tackle this season, will make his first NFL start at left tackle — on the road against the NFL’s seventh-ranked scoring defense. The Cardinals aren’t a great pass-rushing defense, however, as they rank 28th in sacks per pass attempt.
Bakhtiari, who had been battling a sore knee for most of the season, dropped out of last week’s win vs. Oakland in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Bakhtiari, who was downgraded from questionable to doubtful following Saturday’s practice, hadn’t missed a game in his three-year career.
Shields, who was downgraded from doubtful to out on Saturday, will miss his second consecutive game with a concussion sustained in Week 14 vs. Dallas. The Packers likely will go with rookies Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins on the outside and Casey Hayward in the slot. Randall and Rollins have had strong rookie seasons but will be tested to the max with MVP candidate Carson Palmer at quarterback throwing to Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown.
The other inactives are quarterback Brett Hundley, outside linebacker Andy Mulumba, tight end Justin Perillo (hamstring), tight end Kennard Backman and outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott (quad).
Arizona will be without safety Rashad Johnson (ankle), meaning they’ll be without Johnson’s five interceptions as well as Tyrann Mathieu’s five interceptions in the secondary.