The Green Bay Packers will have most of their top players available for today’s NFC Wild Card game against the New York Giants.
Receiver Randall Cobb, cornerback Damarious Randall and fullback Aaron Ripkowski, all of whom were listed as questionable, are active.
Cobb was inactive the past two games due to an ankle injury sustained against Seattle on Dec. 11. His last game was Dec. 18 against Chicago, when he was held without a catch for the first time since his rookie season. Randall dropped out of last week’s victory at Detroit with a knee injury. Ripkowski, who was on the injury report to start the week with a hamstring, was downgraded to questionable on Saturday due to an injured shoulder.
Green Bay’s inactives are quarterback Joe Callahan, receiver Trevor Davis, cornerback Quinten Rollins (concussion/neck), running back James Starks (neck), offensive tackle Kyle Murphy, outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott (hand) and defensive tackle Christian Ringo.
Without Rollins and with Randall perhaps not at full strength, the Packers kept rookie cornerbacks Josh Hawkins and Ed Waters on the 46-man roster. Hawkins had been inactive the past three weeks and has played only one snap on defense since allowing a touchdown at the end of the first half against Detroit in Week 3. Waters, a collegiate receiver who spent training camp at that position before moving to defense in Week 2, was promoted to the active roster this week.
For the Giants, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who was ruled out on Friday for a fifth consecutive week, is the only key inactive. The Giants, however, announced former Packers lineman Marshall Newhouse will start at right tackle ahead of Bobby Hart. Newhouse has allowed 34 sacks in 56 career starts, including 26 sacks in 31 starts for the Packers from 2011 through 2013.
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