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Packers won't face Ed Reed

12/7/2009

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay has caught its first break of the evening: Baltimore safety Ed Reed (hip) was among eight players deactivated before the game. Reed had returned to practice Saturday, but he’ll be replaced in the starting lineup by second-year player Tom Zbikowski.

The Ravens were already playing without linebacker Terrell Suggs, who has been sidelined by a knee injury. Reed hasn’t missed a game since 2005 and is a cornerstone of the Ravens’ risk-taking defense. Without question, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will benefit from his absence.

There were no surprises among the Packers’ eight inactive players, a list that included fullback Quinn Johnson.