Rodgers, Matthews Active for Packers Against Texans

Green Bay Packers starting linebacker Jake Ryan returns to the starting lineup but Blake Martinez is inactive for today's game against the Texans.

Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Jake Ryan and Damarious Randall are active for the Green Bay Packers for their game against the Houston Texans at snowy Lambeau Field.

Rodgers (hamstring), Matthews (shoulder), Ryan (ankle) and Randall (groin) were listed as questionable for the game. Ryan returns after missing most of the last three games and his return should be an asset against Houston running back Lamar Miller, who ranks fifth in the NFL in rushing.


The Packers’ inactives are rookie receiver Trevor Davis, rookie cornerback Makinton Dorleant, rookie inside linebacker Blake Martinez (knee), rookie outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell (outside linebacker), starting right guard T.J. Lang (foot), center J.C. Tretter (knee) and defensive tackle Christian Ringo.

According to the Packers, Jason Spriggs will start at right guard for Lang and Joe Thomas – not Matthews – will start alongside Ryan at inside linebacker.

For Houston, two starters are out: outside linebacker John Simon (chest) and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (elbow/wrist).

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