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Aiding the Packers the last few weeks is an increase in takeaways that were too few and far between earlier in the year. Working against them is the absence again of Matthews, who has been OK this year when healthy but still had a team-high 7 1/2 sacks.

One star down, another star back. Rodgers doesn’t play defense, but he can provide an emotional boost to players on that side of the ball.

“It’ll be nice to see him back out there,” Capers said. “But I think our guys know, hey, we’ve got to go do our part, you know?”

Notes: Lacy was listed as probable after being limited in practice again this week with an ankle injury. … Backup TEs Ryan Taylor and Jake Stoneburner are probable after each missed a day of practice this week due to illness. “It’s that time of year and we’ve had a couple guys go home,” McCarthy said. … The team signed undrafted rookie cornerback Jumal Rolle off the practice squad Friday.


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