The Green Bay Packers deactivated Donald Driver for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Driver didn’t practice this week because of a nagging thumb injury. Since the start of the 2002 season, Driver had missed just three games: one apiece in 2003, 2007 and 2010. He last missed the Nov. 7, 2010, game against Dallas because of a quad injury. In 2007, he was rested for the season-finale. Before Sunday, the last time he was inactive due to injury was a 2003 game vs. Detroit (neck).
The other inactives were all ruled out on Friday: cornerback Charles Woodson (collarbone), running back Johnny White (concussion), cornerback Sam Shields (ankle), linebacker Terrell Manning (shoulder) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (knee).
The Vikings ruled out Percy Harvin for a third consecutive game because of a sprained ankle. He’s the Vikings’ leader in receptions by a large margin with 62 and leads the NFL with a 35.9-yard average on kickoff returns.
Driver, the Packers’ career leader in receptions and receiving yards, has only eight catches for 77 yards and two scores this season.
The Packers promoted running back DuJuan Harris and receiver Jeremy Ross from the practice squad on Saturday, with tight end Andrew Quarless and safety Sean Richardson going to injured reserve. Harris and Ross are active. Here's what's noteworthy: Harris provides an unusual look in the Packers' backfield at 5-foot-7. Ross gives the Packers seven receivers on the active roster.
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