GREEN BAY — Kickoff for preseason game No. 3 is a little more than an hour away, and the Packers will be without CB Casey Hayward for the matchup with the Raiders at Lambeau Field.
Hayward was limited in practice on Tuesday, when Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the team was “being smart” with Hayward, given his history of hamstring trouble. Hayward then sat out Thursday’s short practice and will not suit up tonight.
Hayward missed all but a few games last season due to recurring hamstring troubles. Coincidentally or not, Hayward’s first preseason action last season came in the third game, after missing the first two-plus weeks of camp, and in that game he re-aggravated the hamstring injury for the first time.
Others not suiting up for the Packers tonight are RB Rajion Neal (knee), LB Joe Thomas (knee), OL Don Barclay (knee), WR Jared Abbrederis (knee), TE Brandon Bostick and DL Letroy Guion (hamstring).
Longest look: McCarthy said this week the starters would play the longest in this game, which could mean as much as the entire first half. The starters played into the early stages of the second quarter in last week’s game in St. Louis.
Weather update: It’s a humid but not overly hot night in Green Bay, with temperatures at kickoff expected to be in the high 70s with the humidity in the 80-90 percent range. Chances for rain are very small, however.
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Roster cut looming: Tonight will be the last preseason game before the roster cut to 75 players. Roster cuts are not due to the league until Tuesday, but it’s likely the Packers will make their roster decisions before the next practice, slated for Sunday.
The roster currently stands at 88 players. If Barclay and Abbrederis are placed on injured reserve, as expected due to their injuries being season-ending, that would leave less than a dozen other roster moves to be made.
One more to go: The Packers will wrap up the preseason next Thursday, at home against Kansas City. After that final preseason game, the roster will have to be reduced to 53 players.
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