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Injuries Mean Scheme, Personnel Changes

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Coming off a big win at Houston, the Packers are facing changes — perhaps major changes — on defense. Where do the Packers turn, for instance, at inside linebacker, where coverage-impaired A.J. Hawk might have to play a lot more in passing situations?

In 2010, when the Green Bay Packers lost Nick Barnett and, later, Brandon Chillar, at least they had Desmond Bishop to carry the load alongside A.J. Hawk. This season, the Packers have lost Bishop and, now, his replacement, D.J. Smith, to season-ending injuries. This time, there is no rising prospect, no "Mr. August" waiting in the wings. The Packers will have to soldier on with some combination...

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