Green Bay Packers right guard T.J. Lang will return to action after suffering a broken foot at Tennessee four weeks ago.
Lang has missed the past three games, with Don Barclay starting the first and rookie Jason Spriggs starting the last two. It’s not immediately known if Lang will return to the lineup or just merely be active for Sunday’s game against Seattle. (Update: Based on pregame, Lang will get the start.)
With only 52 players on the roster following Mike Pennel’s suspension, the Packers had to deactivate only six players. They are receiver Trevor Davis, inside linebacker Blake Martinez (knee), outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell (hamstring), outside linebacker Nick Perry (hand), offensive lineman Kyle Murphy and center J.C. Tretter (knee). Martinez appeared to drop out of a tackling drill at Thursday's practice.
Seattle’s inactives include fullback Will Tukuafu, part-time starting linebacker Brock Coyle and rookie running back C.J. Prosise. Seattle signed former Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece this week to replace Tukuafu. Backup right tackle Gary Gilliam is inactive, too. Gilliam, who was replaced in the starting lineup last week, caught the touchdown on a fake field goal in the NFC Championship.
As for the weather, the snow had stopped about 75 minutes before kickoff. The field, which was covered by a tarp, is free of the snow. Wind won't be a factor, either, based on the flags atop the stadium. It was 27 at 2:15 p.m.
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