Packers Starters Bakhtiari, Shields Back for Divisional Clash

Neither cornerback Sam Shields nor left tackle David Bakhtiari played in the Week 16 blowout loss at Arizona.

The Green Bay Packers will have left tackle David Bakhtiari and cornerback Sam Shields in the starting lineup for tonight’s playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Shields, who was questionable, had missed the past four games with a concussion. He is the team’s career leader in postseason interceptions. Bakhtiari, who was probable, had missed the past three with an injured ankle. He didn’t allow a sack in his last nine games. Neither player was available for the Week 16 game against Arizona, a game in which Carson Palmer carved apart the Packers’ secondary in the first half and the Packers allowed nine sacks without Bakhtiari.

Also active is reserve cornerback Quinten Rollins. He was questionable with a quad injury that knocked him out of last week’s playoff win at Washington.

With Shields and Rollins active, cornerbacks LaDarius Gunter and Robertson Daniel were among the seven inactives. Gunter played well in 31 snaps after Rollins was injured. Daniel was promoted to the active roster on Friday to fill the roster spot created when tight end Andrew Quarless was placed on injured reserve. Without Quarless, rookie tight end Kennard Backman is active. Backman had been inactive in three of the past four games and eight times in the regular season.

Green Bay’s other inactives are receiver Davante Adams, who was ruled out on Friday because of his knee, quarterback Brett Hundley, running back John Crockett, outside linebacker Andy Mulumba and guard Josh Walker.

The Cardinals have no injury-related inactives. Their seven are quarterback Matt Barkley, cornerback Corey White, running back Kerwynn Williams, linebacker Shaq Riddick, defensive tackle Red Bryant, offensive tackle D.J. Humphries and nose tackle Xavier Williams.


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