Packers inactives list for playoff game against Cowboys

Jaire Alexander and Christian Watson will play against the Cowboys.
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Jaire Alexander and Christian Watson are active for the Green Bay Packers' matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card Round. It's great news for the Packers.

As expected, running back AJ Dillon is inactive due to neck and thumb injuries. The full list of inactives for both teams is below.

Green Bay's injury report included 19 players, but most of them are available.

A lengthy injury report has become the expectation for the Packers this season. They have battled injuries, rarely having their full receiving corps available together.

A player to watch is rookie tight end Luke Musgrave. He went on injured reserve after the Packers' victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 11 but should resume a full-time role in the postseason. Musgrave returned last week against the Chicago Bears but only played nine snaps. He said he expects to play a significant role against the Cowboys.

The Packers must play their best game of the season to upset the Cowboys. If they can, the prize is a road matchup against the No. 1-seeded San Francisco 49ers in next week's divisional round.

Packers vs. Cowboys inactives NFC Wild Card Round

Packers inactives

  • WR Malik Heath
  • RB AJ Dillon
  • CB David Long Jr.
  • S Benny Sapp III
  • LB Brenton Cox Jr.
  • T Caleb Jones

Cowboys inactives

  • QB Trey Lance (emergency QB3)
  • OL Asim Richards
  • CB Eric Scott Jr.
  • DL Viliami Fehoko Jr.
  • OL Matt Waletzko
  • WR Jalen Brooks
  • LB Tyrus Wheat

Green Bay won't play at Lambeau Field again this season. As the seventh seed, any game the Packers play in the playoffs will be on the road. A win today would send them to San Francisco next week. Win that, and they would play one of four possible opponents in the NFC Championship Game: the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, or Los Angeles Rams.

But first, the Packers must find a way to beat the Cowboys. They have an excellent recent record against Dallas, but this is a different team. The Packers have the youngest roster in the NFL and aim to defeat a Cowboys team that ranks in the top five for scoring offense and defense and hasn't lost a game at home this year.

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