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Davon House's return could help in coverage against Dez Bryant

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Davon House has finally been cleared to return from the fractured right scapula he sustained Dec. 8. Now, the Green Bay Packers cornerback just hopes he has a role on defense.

When House was last seen on the field, he was the only Packers defensive back to have any sort of success against Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who caught 11 passes for 259 yards in that December Monday Night Football game at Lambeau Field. House broke up a pair of passes intended for Jones, including one in the end zone -- the play on which he was injured when his shoulder came down on Jones' knee.

Perhaps the Packers will turn to House, their biggest cornerback at 6-foot, 195-pounds, to match up with Dallas Cowboys standout receiver Dez Bryant in some situations during Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game.

"It's been a roller coaster," House said. "Didn't expect to be hurt during this time in the year, but glad I was able to get back to where I wanted to be, and I'm here to help our team make this run."

However, that's no guarantee the Packers will use him. He's been in and out of the lineup most of the season and when everyone else in the secondary is healthy (like they are now), House has been limited mostly to special teams. But given how he played against Jones, perhaps that will earn him the nod to cover Bryant in defensive sub packages.

Past success, however, doesn't guarantee future playing time, and House said Bryant and Jones are different types of receivers. In fact, he compared Bryant to a former standout receiver.

"If I had to compare Dez to anyone, I'd probably say Terrell Owens or someone like that," House said. "I never got to play against Terrell, but just seeing him on TV, [they're] both big physical guys. That once they get the ball, something dangerous is going to happen."

Officially, House was listed as a limited participant in practice.

Here's the full injury report: