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Pregame warmup: Cobb, Rollins in; Matthews out vs. Colts

Packers' secondary gets a boost with Goodson active as well, but pass rush missing best player


GREEN BAY -- Packers LB Clay Matthews sounded every bit on Thursday like a player planning to play on Sunday after sitting out last week's game with a hamstring injury.

But he won't be out there against the Colts.

That leaves the Packers' pass rush in the same spot it was in last week, trying to disrupt the opposing QB, in this case Indy's Andrew Luck, with Nick Perry, Julius Peppers, Jayrone Elliott and Kyler Fackrell rushing off the edges.

Last week, the Packers managed two sacks in Atlanta early in the fourth quarter, but that was it. The Colts' offensive line has been much more porous than the Falcons' so far in 2016, with Indy leading the league in sacks allowed. The Packers will now have to **try to take advantage of that** without their best pass rusher.

Good news: The good news on the injury front is that WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) is active after missing last week's game. So is WR Ty Montgomery, as expected, so the offense is back to the same group of weapons it had two weeks ago against Chicago.

In the defensive secondary, both CB Quinten Rollins (groin) and CB Demetri Goodson (concussion) are active. Rollins has missed the last three games. It will be interesting to see whether the Packers choose to have Rollins cover the Colts' top wideout, T.Y. Hilton, or if the assignement will go to LaDarius Gunter.

Division race: At the time of this posting, the Lions were leading the Vikings by just one points in the second half in Minneapolis. If Detroit wins, the Packers are playing for a share of first place in the NFC North with Minnesota. If the Vikings rally to win, the Packers will be trying to stay just one game back in the race.

New combo: With Corey Linsley starting at center, the Packers will be starting an offensive line combination they haven't employed before.

Linsley will be at center, flanked by T.J. Lang at right guard and Lane Taylor at left guard, with Bryan Bulaga at right tackle and David Bakhtiari at left tackle.

The only game previously that Taylor has played left guard with Linsley at center was in Week 17 vs. Minnesota last year, when Josh Sitton played left tackle in place of Bakhtiari.

Weather update: It's an unseasonably warm November day for Green Bay. Temperatures at kickoff will be in the mid-60s with minimal wind and no chance of rain. By the end of the game, the temperatures will drop into the mid-50s.

Streak going: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has won nine straight games against AFC opponents at Lambeau Field. For more on that streak, and the implications of this game for both teams, check out this week's **"One Last Look."**

TV map: Here's a look at the CBS TV map for the 3:25 p.m. CT kickoff slot, courtesy of


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