The Green Bay Packers say Quinten Rollins will not play in their NFC wild-card game against the New York Giants on Sunday after the cornerback was evaluated this week for a concussion.
Green Bay’s battered secondary might get Damarious Randall back from a knee injury. Randall was listed as questionable for the Giants game. The second-year cornerback was a full participant in the team’s practice on Thursday.
The Packers practice again on Saturday. Both Randall and Rollins, who also has a neck injury, were hurt last week against Detroit.
Green Bay’s defense will be tested by the Giants’ receiving trio of Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz.
Joe Thomas, the Packers’ best inside linebacker on coverage, is also questionable with a back injury, along with outside linebacker Nick Perry (hand). Listed as questionable on offense were receiver Randall Cobb (ankle), who missed the last two games; and starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga (abdomen), who got hurt against the Lions.
In other injury news:
The Oakland Raiders will be without star left tackle Donald Penn for their playoff opener against Houston. The Raiders said Friday that Penn would be inactive after injuring his left knee in the regular-season finale against Denver. … Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green sat out practice on Friday, putting his availability for Sunday’s playoff game against Miami in doubt. Coach Mike Tomlin said Friday “we didn’t get the type of results we wanted” from Green, who remains in the concussion protocol after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit against Cincinnati on Dec. 18 and missing the last two games. …
The Detroit Lions have ruled out center Travis Swanson (concussion) for their playoff game Saturday at Seattle. Swanson missed the final four games of the regular season. Detroit initially listed him as questionable. The Lions have three players still listed as questionable for Saturday’s game: linebacker DeAndre Levy (knee), tackle Riley Reiff (hip) and receiver Andre Roberts (shoulder). … Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee) practiced on a limited basis Friday and might be available next week if his team advances to the second round of the playoffs. Tannehill has been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh, leaving 10-year veteran Matt Moore to make his first playoff start.
Jarvis Landry’s post-touchdown celebration in a game against New England last weekend came with a hefty price tag: The NFL fined the Miami Dolphins wide receiver $48,618.
Half the fine was for grabbing his crotch. The other half was for spiking his helmet after he bounced off a linebacker to score on an eight-yard catch just before halftime of Miami’s 35-14 loss to the Patriots.
Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin was docked $18,231 for unnecessary roughness in the fourth quarter of Oakland’s 24-6 loss at Denver that cost the Raiders a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Avoiding a fine for his actions in that game was Broncos All-Pro cornerback Aqib Talib, who snatched the gold chain off wide receiver Michael Crabtree’s neck in the first half. Also avoiding a fine was Seattle’s Jarran Reed, who was ejected for throwing a punch with about five minutes left in the Seahawks’ 25-23 win over the 49ers.
Dallas owner and General Manager Jerry Jones expects defensive end Randy Gregory to play for the Cowboys again despite a suspension that will last at least a year. A day after the NFL announced Gregory’s third suspension this season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, Jones said Friday that he doesn’t want to put a time frame on a possible return. Gregory could be eligible for the playoffs next season if the Cowboys make it again.