The Cowboys look to get back to the business of winning football games this week in the 2016 NFL Playoffs. They will host the Green Bay Packers after enjoying a first-round bye.
Here is the final injury report from each team based on their Friday practices.
- LP – Limited Participate
- DNP – Did Not Participate
- OUT – Already Ruled Out
- OT Tyron Smith (knee) – LP
- DE Demarcus Lawrence (back) – LP
- DE Tyrone Crawford (shoulder) – LP
- DT Terrell McClain (ankle) – LP
- DT Cedric Thornton (ankle) – LP
- LB Justin Durant (elbow) – LP
None of these players are expected to miss today’s game. Their limited roles in practice were mostly precautionary and for extra rest and healing. They are all veterans who should play large roles against Green Bay.
Though he doesn’t appear on the injury report, guard La’el Collins is not expected to play today. He was also a limited participant in practice and is still working back from a foot issue, but he’s still not on the official roster since coming back from Injured Reserve.
Along with Collins, expect the other six inactive Cowboys to be players at the bottom of their respective depth charts. My projection is that they will be: QB Mark Sanchez, RB Alfred Morris, DT Richard Ash, LB Mark Nzeocha, CB Leon McFadden, and S Kavon Frazier.
Green Bay Packers
- RB James Starks (concussion) – OUT
- WR Jordy Nelson (ribs) – OUT
- WR Jeff Janis (quadricep) – LP
- G T.J. Lang (foot) – LP
- G/C J.C. Tretter (knee) – OUT
- CB Quinten Rollins (neck/concussion) – LP
The big news, of course, is the absence of Jordy Nelson. His injury was covered in greater detail a few days ago. Suffice to say, Aaron Rodgers will be missing his favorite target and that will have a major impact on the game.
Starting right guard T.J. Lang has been bothered by a foot issue all week. He is expected to play but will draw tough assignments with the Cowboys’ athletic defensive tackles. A bad wheel could be problematic if he’s having to keep up with David Irving.
Quinten Rollins the Packers’ third corner as is still questionable for today. Rookie Josh Hawkins, an undrafted free agent, may be forced into a larger role.