The Green Bay Packers (1-2) have inactivated defensive lineman C.J. Wilson, rookie linebacker Nate Palmer, tight end Brandon Bostick, rookie defensive end Josh Boyd, running back James Starks, cornerback Casey Hayward, and offensive lineman Greg Van Roten for Sunday's NFC North divisional game against the Detroit Lions (3-1) at Lambeau Field.
Notable injured players from the first three weeks of the season who have been activated for Sunday includes rookie running backs Eddie Lacy (concussion) and Johnathan Franklin (foot), tight end Jermichael Finley (concussion), cornerback Jarrett Bush (hamstring), safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring), fullback John Kuhn (hamstring) and outside linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring).
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy calls Burnett the "quarterback of the defense" and the fourth-year safety from Georgia Tech will be making his 2013 debut at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
Burnett, who signed a contract extension in the offseason, led the Packers with 123 total tackles last season while intercepting two passes and registering two sacks. Burnett's presence could help a Packers defensive secondary which has allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for an average of 311 yards per game (5th-highest average allowed in NFL) this season.
The Packers ruled out Starks ruled out earlier this week with a knee injury. Through the first three games, Starks leads the Packers with 187 rushing yards this season and has averaged 5.5 yards per carry. McCarthy said earlier this week Starks may not return for a couple of weeks.
Hayward, the second-year cornerback from Vanderbilt, has been sidelined with a hamstring injury all season. McCarthy said though Hayward has been making progress and he could return to the field as early as next week for Green Bay.
Van Roten has served as a Packers reserve lineman behind fellow reserve Marshall Newhouse through the first three weeks. Van Roten injured his foot during practice this week and rookie offensive lineman Lane Taylor has been activated in Van Roten's place.
In other news and notes, Packers wide receiver James Jones, defensive tackle Ryan Pickett and long-snapper Brett Goode will serve as the Packers' honorary team captains for Sunday's game.
The Packers are 13-1 against the Lions and 6-1 out of the bye week under McCarthy's watch. Green Bay and Detroit will kickoff at noon CST on FOX. Check your local listings for television coverage.
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