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Packers rule out Casey Hayward and James Starks

James Starks, Devon Still

Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) runs past Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still (75) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)


A week off wasn’t enough for two members of the Packers to get healthy enough to play against the Lions this Sunday.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that neither cornerback Casey Hayward nor running back James Starks will be in the lineup. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that McCarthy said he didn’t know when Hayward would be recovered from the hamstring injury that has kept him out for the entire regular season.

Starks hurt his knee in Week Three against the Bengals and McCarthy said Wednesday that it would be a couple of weeks before he’s well enough to return. Eddie Lacy has been practicing this week after recovering from a concussion suffered against the Redskins in Week Two.

Tight end Jermichael Finley was a full participant in practice as he makes his return from his own concussion. Linebacker Clay Matthews was limited by a hamstring injury, but McCarthy said that he’s doing better and the team is hopeful that he’ll do more on Thursday.