The Green Bay Packers and New York Giants have injury concerns in their secondary heading into Sunday night’s showdown at Lambeau Field.
For the Packers, cornerback Damarious Randall is listed as questionable. He was limited at practice on Wednesday and Thursday and would have been limited had the team practiced on Friday. Randall is key for a struggling pass defense that will be without Sam Shields for a third consecutive game with a concussion.
“I hope not,” coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday morning when asked if he’s concerned about Randall. “He’s making progress. It’s something that’s bothering him. We’re working through it.”
For the Giants, cornerbacks Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are questionable and safeties Nat Berhe and Darian Thompson are out. Apple and Cromartie are the Giants’ No. 2 and No. 3 corners, meaning they’d be on the field against the Packers’ three-receiver packages. They would have been limited participation had the Giants practiced on Friday.
“Tomorrow is a big day for us, those two included,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo told reporters in New York when asked about his cornerbacks. “I don’t want to speak too soon on it.”
Rodgers-Cromartie said he will "give it a go" on Sunday and that he's "close" to full strength.
Berhe is the starting free safety and Thompson is the backup free safety. Andrew Adams, an undrafted rookie from Connecticut, will get the start.
As expected, Shields and tight end Jared Cook (ankle) are out for Green Bay. Outside linebacker Clay Matthews, safety Morgan Burnett, defensive tackle Letroy Guion and elephant Datone Jones all will play on Sunday barring a major setback at Saturday's practice.
|S Morgan Burnett (groin)||Full||Full||Full||--|
|TE Jared Cook (ankle)||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|DT Letroy Guion (knee)||Limited||Full||Full||--|
|DE/OLB Datone Jones (knee)||Full||Full||Full||--|
|OLB Clay Matthews (ankle/hamstring)||Limited||Limited||Limited||--|
|CB Damarious Randall (groin)||Limited||Limited||Limited||Questionable|
|FB Aaron Ripkowski (back)||Full||Full||Full||--|
|CB Sam Shields (concussion)||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|CB Eli Apple (hamstring)||DNP||Limited||Limited||Questionable|
|S Nat Berhe (concussion)||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|TE Larry Donnell (concussion)||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|RB Rashad Jennings (thumb)||Limited||Limited||Limited||Questionable|
|T Marshall Newhouse (calf)||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|C Weston Richburg (head)||--||--||Limited||--|
|CB D. Rodgers-Cromartie (groin)||Limited||Limited||Limited||Questionable|
|DT Robert Thomas (illness)||Limited||Full||Full||--|
|S Darian Thompson (foot)||DNP||DNP||DNP||Out|
|DE Olivier Vernon (wrist)||Full||Limited||Limited||--|