This is not a misnomer. It is not misdirection. It’s not the old switcheroo.
The Green Bay Packers are actually getting healthy, and just in time for the Minnesota Vikings, who come to town with their old, washed-up, dick-texting quarterback this weekend.
Linebackers Clay Matthews and Brandon Chillar are expected to return to the lineup, as is defensive end Ryan Pickett.
Both Matthews and Chillar practiced more extensively this week than they did last. Coach Mike McCarthy said all three players would be evaluated again in the morning, but barring any setbacks, they’ll be good to go.
The big question seems to be whether safety Atari Bigby and cornerback Al Harris, both of whom came off the physically unable to perform list this week, will play Sunday.
“I think Al Harris and Atari, what’s nice about their week is you see them more and more comfortable as the week went on,” McCarthy said. “Whether they’ll go this week or not, that’s something to be determined. But I thought they clearly were getting more comfortable as the week went on.”
If they’re able to play, neither player is expected to start, but the newly-acquired Anthony Smith does have a shot to start at strong safety in place of Charlie Peprah, who’s given up a number of big plays in his two weeks in the starting lineup.