The Green Bay Packers will be without their left tackle and top cornerback for Sunday's NFC Wild Card Game vs. the Washington Redskins.
The Packers listed left tackle David Bakhtiari and cornerback Sam Shields among their inactives. Bakhtiari, who was listed as questionable, will miss a third consecutive game with an injured ankle. J.C. Tretter will start in Bakhtiari's place, meaning the Packers will have a different starting left tackle for the fourth consecutive game: Bakhtiari vs. Oakland, Don Barclay vs. Arizona, Josh Sitton vs. Minnesota and Tretter vs. the Redskins.
Tretter, a two-year starter at left tackle at Cornell, took the first-team reps this week so should be relatively prepared. He'll face powerful Trent Murphy on run downs and explosive Preston Smith on passing downs. Smith led all rookies with eight sacks.
"That’s where I played in college. I’m fine out there," Tretter said last week. "I think I’m equally comfortable at left and right tackle, and left and right guards. I think they’re equally comfortable with me. Obviously, center, I’m most comfortable with."
Shields was ruled out on Saturday due to a concussion that will keep him on the sideline for a fourth consecutive game. The Packers will face Kirk Cousins, the NFL's leader in completion in percentage for the season and passer rating over the last 10 weeks, with rookies Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins at cornerback.
The Packers' other inactives are quarterback Brett Hundley, guard Josh Walker, tight end Justin Perillo (hamstring), tight end Kennard Backman and outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott (quad).
Washington entered the game relatively healthy. The only noteworthy inactive is running back Matt Jones, who had a team-high three rushing touchdowns and finished second with 490 rushing yards.