Underwood's absence could hurt the Packers

The Friday injury report essentially determines who will play and who won’t on Sunday in the NFL. For the Green Bay Packers, cornerback Brandon Underwood has officially been ruled out and defensive end Mike Neal and linebacker Desmond Bishop are questionable.

The good news is the Packers will have all their starters on the field.

The bad news is they’ll be missing two key contributors on defense.

In Underwood’s absence, rookie Sam Shields will line up as the Packers nickel back and Jarrett Bush will line up as the dime back. Underwood, who’s dealing with a shoulder injury, would have filled one of those spots.

Look for Philadelphia’s explosive offense to target Shields and Bush early and often.

Neal, who has an issue with his side, will be the Packers fourth defensive linemen if he’s healthy enough to play. If he isn’t, Justin Harrell will assume that role.

The Packers termed Neal a game-time decision, but he seems ready to go.

“Sunday comes around, I’ll be ready to play,” Neal said.

The Eagles haven’t listed anyone on their injury report all week. Unless someone gets in a car accident coming to the stadium, it looks like they’ll have all their players.

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