GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers' late-season ascension to the NFL's No. 1 defensive ranking has featured a secondary that thrives on interceptions and a young, deep linebacker corps that applies a lot of pressure.
Yet the unsung group of the unit, which also has been stout in stopping the run, is perhaps the defensive line.
"I think it's starting to clear itself up," McCarthy said. "We feel good about giving these guys a chance to come all of the way back in the next 48 hours."
"I know, that's what I get for chasing the quarterback," Pickett said. "I know I should just end up playing the run."
Pickett has missed just two games since 2002, and he's hopeful of playing Sunday. If he can't, the Packers have been preparing Raji to make what would be his first pro start.
Raji was Green Bay's top draft pick this year, selected No. 9 in the first round. Although Raji is Pickett's backup, the rookie has been playing more at end.
"If we're in a situation where (Pickett) can't go, I feel confident (Raji) can step in and play, and play well," Capers said.
Raji missed the first two weeks of training camp because of a contract issue. Then he suffered an ankle injury during the preseason finale and missed the first two games of the season.
"Now it feels like normal. This is what I'm used to," Raji said. "I feel like I'm into a routine now."
Jolly is confident that he will play Sunday after he tweaked his left knee in the previous game.
"This has been an interesting week because our big guys have all been somewhat limited," Capers said. "But we've worked our way through it pretty well, I think. I'd be interested between now and when we play where our health will be."
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