Sunday, December 16, 2012
Packers-Bears II: Notable deactivations
By Kevin Seifert
CHICAGO -- With a little over an hour remaining before Packers-Bears II, let's roll through Sunday morning's roster maneuverings and a few other pregame notes. The Chicago Bears will be even more short-handed than originally thought.
- The Bears deactivated defensive tackle Henry Melton (chest), as expected, but they also won't have linebacker Geno Hayes (knee), who was supposed to start at strong-side linebacker. Special-teamer Blake Costanzo will likely get the first NFL start of his pro career.
- The Bears also added defensive lineman Shea McClellin (knee) to a list of inactives that also included cornerback Tim Jennings and receiver Earl Bennett.
- The Green Bay Packers will have right guard Josh Sitton, who was added to the injury report because of a hip injury on Friday. He is active and presumably will start.
- Packers receiver Donald Driver is inactive because of a thumb injury he has been dealing with. Young receivers Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross are both active.
- Amazingly, I've been asked several times Sunday morning if the Packers cut tight end Jermichael Finley. They have not cut Finley. He is active for this game. I assume what confused people is Bob McGinn's Sunday analysis in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel which suggested the Packers will part ways with Finley in the OFFSEASON. We'll hit that topic in Monday's Free Head Exam.