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No Rollins for Packers, Bryant for Cowboys

Without running back James Starks, who had knee surgery, the Packers have only one true running back on the active roster, a less-than-full-strength Eddie Lacy.

Cornerback Damarious Randall is active for the Green Bay Packers but cornerback Quinten Rollins and running back James Starks will not play in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas receiver Dez Bryant made the trip to Green Bay and caught passes on the field before the game but is inactive due to a hairline fracture in his knee.

Green Bay’s inactives are Rollins (groin), safety Chris Banjo (hamstring), cornerback Sam Shields (concussion), Starks (knee), offensive tackle Kyle Murphy, tight end Jared Cook (ankle) and defensive tackle Christian Ringo.

Rollins was added to the injury report on Saturday, when he was listed as questionable. That injury played a role in the Packers’ gamble at running back. Without Starks, who reportedly had surgery to repair a torn meniscus sustained at a Tuesday workout and will miss at least a couple weeks, the only available running back for today is Eddie Lacy. Lacy, however, was questionable with an ankle injury sustained during the third quarter of last week’s game against the Giants.

The Packers could have promoted undrafted rookie running back Don Jackson from the practice squad but Rollins’ injury necessitated the activation of cornerback Demetri Goodson, who missed the first four games of the season with a suspension. The Packers could have waited until Monday to bring back Goodson but needed him for depth at cornerback.

Along with Goodson, Mike Pennel is active for the Packers. The big defensive tackle also missed the first four games with a suspension. Green Bay will face the league’s top-ranked run offense with a defensive line of Mike Daniels and Letroy Guion, rookies Kenny Clark and Dean Lowry, and Pennel.

Dallas’ other inactives include slot cornerback Orlando Scandrick (hamstrings) and quarterback Tony Romo (back), who were ruled out on Friday. Kicker Dan Bailey, cornerback Morris Clairborne, left tackle Tyron Smith, receiver Terrance Williams and tight end Jason Witten, who were among 10 players listed as questionable, will be in the lineup.

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