Jaire Alexander, Adrian Amos both active for Packers vs. Panthers

Jaire Alexander and Adrian Amos are active against the Carolina Panthers.

The Green Bay Packers will be close to full strength on Sunday when the Carolina Panthers visit Lambeau Field. Two key parts of the secondary — second-year cornerback Jaire Alexander and free-agent addition Adrian Amos — are both active.

Both players had been listed as questionable on the Week 10 injury report. Alexander was added to the injury report on Friday with a groin injury. Amos missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to a hamstring injury but returned as a limited participant on Friday.

It’s great news for the Packers defense to have both players active this week.

Tight end Robert Tonyan remains out with a hip injury. He was listed as doubtful on the injury report and won’t play. Former second-round pick Josh Jackson is inactive again but wasn’t on the injury report.

The list of inactives remains mostly the same as from recent weeks. Rookie running back Dexter Williams, guard Cole Madison, rookie cornerback Ka’Dar Hollman and wide receiver Ryan Grant are all inactive.

The Panthers will be without cornerback James Bradberry. He leads the Panthers in passes defended this season and is tied for the lead in interceptions. But defensive tackle Vernon Butler, who has forced a team-high three fumbles, will play.

How will the Packers respond from their poor performance a week ago? This is the final game before they get a week off, so getting a win and putting in a strong performance will be key to enter the bye week in a strong position in the NFC.

Green Bay could get some help in the race for a first-round bye in the playoffs. At the time of writing, the Atlanta Falcons hold a surprising 20-9 lead over the New Orleans Saints on the road. A Falcons win would be great news for the Packers. But all Green Bay can focus on is getting the win at Lambeau Field.

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