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underway to prepare for their week nine contest against the New England Patriots http://www.authenticsgreenbaypackers.com/cheap-bryan-bulaga-jersey , the team was able to see 50 of the 52 players currently on their active roster suit up. However, the two who did not are both expected to be in the starting lineup on Sunday night.First is outside linebacker Nick Perry, who was out on Wednesday. He had just 1.5 sacks in seven games so far this season, despite playing somewhere north of 50 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.Second is safety Jermaine Whitehead, who has taken on a bigger role in recent weeks as a hybrid slot corner/safety/dime linebacker. His absence is notable because he is widely expected to start at free safety thanks to the departure of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in a trade with Washington on Tuesday.Even if Whitehead were to play, he would likely split time with some other players, perhaps some combination of Josh Jones, Tramon Williams, and Bashaud Breeland. However, if his back issue becomes a bigger concern throughout the week and does force him to miss Sunday’s game http://www.authenticsgreenbaypackers.com/cheap-david-bakhtiari-jersey , that would certainly rob the team of one of its most versatile defensive backs. Given the matchup against the Patriots and their host of talented receivers — a group that should include running back James White and tight end Rob Gronkowski — missing Whitehead would likely be a significant blow to the secondary.Meanwhile, the Patriots, had five players miss practice on Wednesday, including a pair of starters on the offense: wideout Julian Edelman and right guard Shaq Mason. Keep an eye on New England’s reports on Thursday and Friday to see if any of them or the 13 other players who were out or limited on Wednesday continue to miss portions of practice.Packers Wednesday Practice ReportDid Not ParticipateOLB Nick Perry (ankle)S Jermaine Whitehead (back)Limited ParticipationCB Jaire Alexander (groin)WR Geronimo Allison (hamstring)RT Bryan Bulaga (knee)WR Randall Cobb (hamstring)TE Jimmy Graham (knee)QB Aaron Rodgers (knee)WR Equanimeous St. Brown (back)Patriots Wednesday Practice ReportDid Not ParticipateWR Julian Edelman (ankle/illness)TE Jacob Hollister (hamstring)RG Shaq Mason (calf)OG Brian Schwenke (foot)DL Deatrich Wise, Jr. (illness)Limited ParticipationP Ryan Allen (ankle)LT Trent Brown (ankle)RT Marcus Cannon (concussion)LS Joe Cardona (shoulder)WR Josh Gordon (hamstring)DL Geneo Grissom (ankle)TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back)LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)RB Sony Michel (knee)DE John Simon (shoulder) It has been a frustrating season for Green Bay Packers fans, who weathered a serious injury scare to Aaron Rodgers in week one and have watched their team fail to put together a complete game so far this season. But if any fan base has felt more agony over the past couple of months, it would be that of the Packers’ opponent this week.A five-game winning streak to close the 2017 regular season behind new quarterback Jimmy Garappolo heightened expectations in the Bay Area heading into this season. Unfortunately, the 2018 campaign quickly came crashing down on the San Francisco 49ers, one impact offensive player at a time.It started with newly added running back Jerick McKinnon suffering a torn ACL during practice in early September. McKinnon’s absence led to an opportunity for veteran Alfred Morris to have another chance at a lead back role in the NFL, but he has provided just a 3.7-yard per carry average so far. Then came another torn ACL that would sideline the team’s new franchise quarterback in Garoppolo after just three games. The following week Color Rush Jimmy Graham Jersey , the 49ers temporarily lost deep threat wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who led San Francisco with 105 targets last season. Also injured in that timeframe was young wideout Dante Pettis, leaving the wide receiving corps thin. Pettis will be out again this week against Green Bay, while running back Matt Breida will be doubtful following an ankle injury against Arizona last Sunday.Factor in additional knee injuries that have lingered for Joe Staley, Mike McGlinchey, and Weston Richburg along the offensive line and it has been a difficult and disappointing season in San Francisco. The trials and tribulations, however, create a phenomenal opportunity for the Packers’ defense to execute at a higher level this week and regain its swagger before a bye week.Second-year quarterback C.J. Beathard has taken the reigns for San Francisco, and he has been serviceable through three appearances this season. While owning a decent 62% completion rate, he is averaging just 7.1 yards per attempt and was forced to attempt 54 passes last week with the 49ers trailing the Cardinals. If the Packers create a sizable early lead Youth Mike Daniels Jersey , they will be in a good position to stunt the 49ers’ offense, which has seen Beathard throw two interceptions in each of the past two games. While the Packers will have a test in matching up with tight end George Kittle, who leads the team in both receptions and yards, Kittle too has been banged up this season and the Packers should have players like Oren Burks, Josh Jones, and Kentrell Brice take on coverage responsibilities. With a 49ers offensive line that is largely less than 100 percent, Green Bay’s pass rushers will have an opportunity to make an impact early and often.As will the Green Bay offense. Despite Richard Sherman allowing just one reception in 146 coverage snaps this season, the 49ers defense is middle-of-the-road when it comes to defending the pass. San Francisco has allowed a 99.0 opponent passer rating according to ESPN, while posting just one interception this season. Rodgers, who was optimistic about getting back on track this week during his post-game press conference Color Rush Geronimo Allison Jersey , should be able to feast on a defense that has struggled with pass rush. The 49ers have logged just nine sacks this season and are coming off an especially rough showing against Arizona. Rodgers’ ball security and accuracy issues should be vastly improved with more comfort in the pocket and give the offense a chance at some explosive plays, as Arizona pulled off a 75-yard touchdown pass last week. Potential returns for Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison should also help Rodgers and the passing game, while safety Jimmie Ward is questionable for the 49ers after missing last week’s action.On Monday night in the friendly confines of Lambeau Field, Green Bay will have as good a chance as any to correct the myriad issues affecting each side of the ball, not to mention the special teams and penalty blunders of the past few weeks. Facing an injury-riddled team with a 1-4 record, including a three-game losing streak, should not only favor the Packers but provide them an ability to pull away quickly. While Green Bay has had troubles closing games, doing so this week would give this Packers team a two-week break with plenty of positive vibes.
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