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Cobb Active, Matthews Out for Packers’ Game vs. Colts

Randall Cobb, Ty Montgomery and Quinten Rollins are among the injured players who will return to the lineup today.

Receiver Randall Cobb is active for the Green Bay Packers’ game against the Indianapolis Colts but linebacker Clay Matthews will miss a second consecutive game.

On Thursday, Matthews said he was “in a better spot” with his injured hamstring than he was the week before and added “all indications are pointing to me” playing vs. the Colts.

But Matthews is out for the third time this season, missing out on a chance to face a Colts offense that has allowed the most sacks in the league. He did say this was a possibility as the team tries to get healthy to make a second-half run.

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“We’re trying to be smart, especially, without any breaks moving forward for the next umpteen weeks,” Matthews said. “I think sometimes we tend to be overly cautious but, you know, rightfully so, too, especially with this long haul we have.”

Cobb and coach Mike McCarthy struck a similarly cautious tone this week. On Friday, McCarthy hinted at the possibility that Cobb could miss a second consecutive game, saying “Randall’s not probably as far along as he’d like to be.”

For his part, Cobb on Wednesday said he was feeling better but added, “Nine games in a row coming up. We don’t really have a bye, we don’t have much time (off). It’s going to go straight into the playoffs. We have to make sure that we’re looking big picture.”

Cobb and running back/receiver Ty Montgomery were both inactive for last week's game against Atlanta. They return this week to face a defense that ranks 30th in opponent passer rating.

Active for the Packers are cornerbacks Quinten Rollins, who missed the last three games with a groin injury, and Demetri Goodson, who didn't practice this week due to a concussion.

Injured and inactive are cornerback Damarious Randall (groin), running back James Starks (knee), center J.C. Tretter (knee) and tight end Jared Cook (ankle), all of whom were listed as out on Friday’s injury report. The other inactives are offensive tackle Kyle Murphy and defensive tackle Christian Ringo.

The Colts inactives include four starters: safety Mike Adams, guard Jack Mewhort, right tackle Joe Reitz and defensive lineman Kendall Langford. Another key defensive lineman, Henry Anderson, is out, too. Top cornerback Vontae Davis passed the concussion protocol on Saturday and will play.

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