- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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If the Green Bay Packers wanted to activate any of their three eligible players off the physically unable to perform list in time for Sunday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings, Saturday was their deadline. The NFL's business day has come and gone with no announcement, and Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports the Packers have decided against it.
That means cornerback Al Harris, safety Atari Bigby and running back James Starks will be sidelined for at least one more week. There had been some optimism that Harris and/or Bigby would be activated, but coach Mike McCarthy said during the week that the team was planning to follow a two- or three-week protocol.
The Packers will have two weeks left in their window to activate any of the three before they become ineligible to play this season. It appears the Packers already have at least one roster spot available; rookie defensive lineman Mike Neal is expected to miss the rest of the season with a significant shoulder injury, according to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Linebacker Brady Poppinga, who had knee surgery last week, could also be a candidate to open a roster spot by going on injured reserve.