Packers rule out TE Jace Sternberger for Saturday night

WR Malik Taylor questionable to play against the Panthers

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WR Malik Taylor and TE Jace Sternberger

GREEN BAY – The Packers have ruled out tight end Jace Sternberger (concussion) and listed receiver Malik Taylor (hamstring) as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Guard Simon Stepaniak, who was activated off injured reserve a week ago, practiced in full Friday but won't play against Carolina as he works his way back from the knee injury that forced him to start his rookie season on the non-football injury list.

Head Coach Matt LaFleur told reporters after practice on Thursday that Sternberger is still in the concussion protocol. This'll be the second game in a row he has missed since exiting the Packers' Week 13 game against Philadelphia. Taylor dropped out of practice last Thursday and missed this past Sunday's 31-24 win over Detroit. He was limited on Thursday.

"Anytime you're dealing with soft tissue, it's always concerning, but he's working through it," LaFleur said. "I thought he had a good day of practice. We'll just see how he feels (Friday) and then make a determination."

The Packers removed 13 players from the injury report who are expected to be available: cornerback Jaire Alexander (knee/hand), Kevin King (Achilles/groin) and Chandon Sullivan (hip), receiver Allen Lazard (core) and Equanimeous St. Brown (knee) tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee), linebackers Za'Darius Smith (ankle/thumb), Rashan Gary (hip) and Randy Ramsey (neck), guard Lucas Patrick (toe), safety Darnell Savage (groin), punter JK Scott (right quadricep), and tackle Rick Wagner (knee).

Carolina listed All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey (thigh) and guard Dennis Daley (concussion) as doubtful.

Five others are questionable: safety Tre Boston (hamstring), defensive end Austin Larkin (shoulder), tackle Russell Okung (calf), defensive end Efe Obada (knee) and receiver Curtis Samuel (hamstring). Samuel was added to the injury report after being listed as limited in Thursday's practice.

The Panthers also removed seven players from the injury report who are expected to be available: defensive tackle Derrick Brown (ankle), defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (ankle), defensive end Marquis Haynes (shoulder), cornerback Troy Pride Jr. (ankle), tight end Ian Thomas (abdomen), safety Kenny Robinson (illness) and receiver DJ Moore (not injury related).

Green Bay Packers

Table inside Article
Player, Pos. INJURY TUES WED THUR STATUS
Jaire Alexander, CB Knee/Hand FP FP FP --
Rashan Gary, LB Hip LP LP LP --
Kevin King, CB Achilles/Groin LP LP LP --
Allen Lazard, WR Core LP LP LP --
Marcedes Lewis, TE Knee LP LP LP --
Lucas Patrick, G Toe LP LP LP --
Randy Ramsey, LB Neck LP LP LP --
Darnell Savage, S Groin FP FP FP --
JK Scott, P Right Quadricep LP LP LP --
Za'Darius Smith, LB Ankle/Thumb LP LP LP --
Equanimeous St. Brown, WR Knee LP LP LP --
Simon Stepaniak, G Knee FP FP FP Out
Jace Sternberger, TE Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
Chandon Sullivan, CB Hip LP LP LP --
Malik Taylor, WR Hamstring DNP LP LP Questionable
Rick Wagner, T Knee LP LP LP --

* The Packers held a walk-thru on Wednesday and did not have practice on Tuesday; participation reports are an estimation.

Carolina Panthers

Table inside Article
Player, Pos. INJURY TUES WED THUR STATUS
Tre Boston, S Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable
Derrick Brown, DT Ankle FP FP FP --
Dennis Daley, G Concussion LP LP LP Doubtful
Yetur Gross-Matos, DE Ankle FP FP FP --
Marquis Haynes, DE Shoulder FP FP FP --
Austin Larkin, DE Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable
Greg Little, T Ankle -- LP -- --
Christian McCaffrey, RB Thigh LP DNP DNP Doubtful
DJ Moore, WR Not injury-related -- LP LP --
Efe Obada, DE Knee FP FP FP Questionable
Russell Okung, T Calf LP DNP DNP Questionable
Troy Pride Jr., CB Ankle FP FP FP --
Kenny Robinson, S Illness -- DNP FP --
Curtis Samuel, WR Hamstring -- -- LP Questionable
Ian Thomas, TE Abdomen FP FP FP --

* The Panthers did not have practice on Tuesday; participation reports are an estimation.

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