The Green Bay Packers will be without cornerbacks Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall when they play the Atlanta Falcons.
The former was a question mark and the latter was expected. Both players have groin injuries, but Randall just had surgery and is expected to be sidelined up to six weeks.
That may actually be a blessing in disguise for the Packers. When he’s played, Randall has been a big-play machine… for the other team.
With Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons on the docket, it’s better that Randall isn’t on the field. The Packers certainly could have used Rollins, though.
While LaDarius Gunter is the best matchup with Falcons’ receiver Julio Jones because of his physicality — regardless of who’s healthy — Rollins would have been an upgrade over Demetri Goodson on the other side.
Also remaining sidelined will be tight end Jared Cook and running back James Starks, neither of which are a surprise.
The unwelcome news comes in the form of the players who are questionable — linebacker Clay Matthews and his girly hamstring, receiver Randall Cobb, back/receiver Ty Montgomery and guard T.J. Lang.
Lang is fully expected to play. We couldn’t tell you about the other guys.
Cobb also has a hamstring issue and Montgomery has an unknown illness. The Packers’ offense could be in trouble if neither of those guys go.
It would create plenty of opportunities for guys like Don Jackson, Knile Davis and likely, Trevor Davis.
Isn’t it amazing how the Packers manage to have entire position groups decimated, via injury, self inflicted, or horrible play, year after year.