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Injury roundup: Packers rule James Starks (knee) out

The Packers have a tailback problem.

Green Bay will be without its backup running back James Starks on Sunday against the Cowboys after he was downgraded from questionable to out on Saturday with a knee injury.

Eddie Lacy's availability is also up in the air, as Green Bay's lead back was most recently listed as questionable with an ankle injury after leaving last week's win early and being limited in practice all week.

Fullback Aaron Ripkowski is the only other available running back on Green Bay's active roster. If Lacy is unable to go, look for Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery to see snaps as runners out of the backfield in his absence.

Cornerback Quinten Rollins (groin) has also been added to the injury report and is questionable to play against the Cowboys.

Here are the other injuries we're monitoring for Sunday's games:

  1. Cam Newton (concussion) has been cleared to play against the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Saturday. Newton missed Carolina's Week 5 loss to Tampa Bay after sustaining the concussion in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He was listed as questionable on Friday, when coach Ron Rivera said that "barring a setback," Cam would be good to go.
  1. Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (concussion) was downgraded from questionable to out against the Eagles in Week 6, the team announced Saturday. Reed did not practice this week. Rookie safety Su'a Cravens was also downgraded to out with a concussion.
  1. The Patriots are shutting down Jonathan Freeny. The fifth-year linebacker was placed on injured reserve on Saturday with a nagging shoulder injury. Freeny started four games in 2016, but totaled just 10 combined tackles and one forced fumble. In his stead, New England activated defensive linemen Geneo Grissom and Anthony Johnson to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.
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