The Green Bay Packers have officially ruled out injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers from playing Sunday against Philadelphia.
Coach Mike McCarthy is expecting other players to rise to the occasion, including those on defense.
As Green Bay looks to stay in the mix atop the NFC North, its defense has the challenge on a short week of rest to try to slow down the Eagles.
The Packers are expected to have linebacker Clay Matthews back at Lambeau Field, wearing a club-like cast on his right hand. Matthews, who missed the past four games because of a broken thumb, is probable.
Also probable are defensive end/linebacker Mike Neal (knee) and defensive lineman Ryan Pickett (knee). Outside linebacker Nick Perry, who has been out three games with a foot injury, is questionable.
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