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|Following their win over the Lions to move to 11-0, the Packers take their turn in the examination room.|
The Packers obviously kept their poise in a game full of shenanigans, most of which were generated by the Lions. I think it's especially notable, and not totally explainable, that they did so with four significant players sidelined during different portions of the game. The Packers had backups playing at right guard (Evan Dietrich-Smith) and both inside linebacker positions (D.J. Smith and Robert Francois), in addition to replacing Lee on special teams. Dietrich-Smith proved to be the calm and collected participant in the episode that led to Suh's ejection, and overall the performance of their backups was a credit to the Packers' program. You would think at least one of those inside linebackers will be in the lineup Dec. 4 against the New York Giants. Starter Desmond Bishop (calf) was on crutches after the game.