The Green Bay Packers gambled with four defensive linemen last week against Detroit. They will not make the same gamble this week against Chicago’s more balanced offense.
The Packers promoted defensive lineman Jordan Miller from the practice squad on Tuesday. To make room on the roster, they released outside linebacker Vic So’oto.
If you want to read between the tea leaves, the transactions might signal outside linebacker Clay Matthews is healthy after missing the last four games with an injured hamstring. It also might signal defensive ends C.J. Wilson (knee) and Mike Neal (shoulder) will miss their third and second consecutive games, respectively.
Miller entered the league last year as an undrafted free agent out of Southern University. He spent the first 15 games of last season on the Bears’ practice squad before being promoted for the regular-season finale, though he was not on the gameday roster.
Miller failed to make the Bears’ roster this year and was signed to the Packers’ practice squad on Oct. 23.
With Wilson and Neal inactive, the Packers got by with four defensive linemen against Detroit, with defensive coordinator Dom Capers running his nickel and dime packages on every snap of the game. The Bears, on the other hand, have the fourth eighth-highest run percentage in the NFL.
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