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Packers getting healthier on both sides of the ball

Clay Matthews has struggled with hamstring issues most of his career. He will get the start Sunday against a 3-1 Detroit Lions team.
Clay Matthews has struggled with hamstring issues most of his career. He will get the start Sunday against a 3-1 Detroit Lions team.
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With a key divisional game Sunday, the Green Bay Packers (1-2) are finally getting some of their key players back.

Injured safety Morgan Burnett, who hasn't seen any action in 2013, will make his first start Sunday against the Detroit Lions (3-1). M.D. Jennings will play free safety and Burnett will take his normal role at strong safety.

At linebacker, the Packers were concerned that Clay Matthews' nagging hamstring would cause him to miss action. Matthews worked hard at practice all week, and the Packers were happy to announce "Clay will play!"

On offense, the Packers almost had no healthy running backs (or fullbacks) going into Sunday. Thankfully for them, both rookie RBs and the team's only FB (John Kuhn) will return Sunday. James Starks (knee) is out and will not play.

The Packers, however saw some glimpses of hope in both Johnathan Franklin and Eddie Lacy and will use the tandem exclusively in the run game.

A lead blocker will be nice for both Lacy and Franklin.

The Packers are happy to welcome Kuhn back into the offensive mix as well. Kuhn had been battling a hamstring as well.

This game is important for the Packers because it's the team's first divisional matchup. Lose the game and the team will have to play catchup for several weeks. A win gets the team closer to the top of the NFC North where the Lions and Bears sit.