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Inactive Packers-Giants London: Amos, Alexander Return; Play on the defensive line

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Cornerback Jaire Alexander (groin) and safety Adrian Amos (concussion) are active for the Green Bay Packers for their game against the New York Giants at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday in London.

That was the expectation, with Amos clearing concussion protocol and Alexander not receiving an injury designation in Friday’s injury report. Amos missed most of last week’s game against the Patriots and Alexander was inactive last week.

The interesting part is on the defensive line. Not only is Devonte Wyatt (quadruple) inactive, but fellow rookie Jonathan Ford is too.

That means the Packers will only have four defensive linemen available to stop the NFL’s No. 1 rushing offense. Luckily, starters Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry and Jarran Reed and sophomore TJ Slaton make a formidable foursome, but the Packers are only one injury away from those three who need to go solo.

Upping the ante on the decision, the Giants believe they are particularly heavy given their receiver injury issues. Their four receivers are Richie James, David Sills, Darius Slayton and practice squad rise Marcus Johnson. Expect the Giants to hit with several tight sets.

Green Bay’s five inactives are all rookies: defensive linemen Wyatt and Ford, offensive linemen Sean Rhyan and Rasheed Walker, and wide receiver Samori Toure. All but Wyatt are healthy scratches.

There was no intrigue with the Giants’ final inactive list. Coach Brian Daboll listed seven players as absent on Friday: Cor’Dale Flott (calf), WR Kenny Golladay (knee), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee), DL Henry Mondeaux (ankle), OLB Azeez Ojulari (calf) , WR Kadarius Toney (hamstrings) and QB Tyrod Taylor (concussion). To compound the Giants’ problems, star defensive lineman Leonard Williams is out again with a knee injury. He had 6.5 sacks last season and 11.5 in 2020.

Golladay, Toney, Flott and Ojulari start. The Giants are particularly banged up on the perimeter. High-priced veteran Golladay, 2021 first-round pick Toney and 2022 second-round pick Robinson were expected to help carry the Daniel Jones-led passing game. On the defensive end of the ball, not only is Flott missing, but starting cornerback Aaron Robinson has been placed on the injured reserve list this week.

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