GREEN BAY (WSAU) Green Bay’s running backs are healthy again, as the Packers get ready to host the Chicago Bears on Christmas Night. Third-stringer Brandon Saine was a full participant at practice yesterday, after getting a concussion almost two weeks ago against Oakland. James Starks, the team’s leading rusher, is also getting better after sitting out two games with the knee and ankle injuries he suffered on November 20th.
Meanwhile the Packers’ makeshift offensive line is trying to gel as best as it can, in the hopes of keeping Chicago’s defenders away from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Veteran tackle Chad Clifton is back at practice, but it’s not known if he can play at all against the Bears as he recovers from hamstring and back injuries. And the Packers lost tackles Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod to injuries last Sunday in the loss at Kansas City. Rodgers was sacked four times in that game. For now, center Scott Wells and guard Josh Sitton are the only Packers’ starting linemen playing at their natural positions.
The Packers are 13-and-1, and a win on Sunday would give them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Bears come in at 7-and-7. Game coverage begins at 5pm CT Sunday, kickoff at 7:20pm on AM-550 FM-99.9 WSAU.