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It's the first day of the new year, and the last injury report day of the 2015 regular season. Both the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers have released their final injury lists leading up to Sunday night's clash for the NFC North division title. Let's take a look at those, starting with the visiting team.
|Matt Kalil||OT||Lower Leg||Probable|
|Adam Thielen||WR||Low Back||Probable|
We mentioned earlier today that Joseph had missed every practice this week after tweaking his foot against the Giants on Sunday night. The Vikings haven't ruled him out, but "doubtful" means that there's only a 25% chance that he will play, so he's a longshot at best. Joseph and Floyd were the only two Vikings that didn't practice on Friday. . .Floyd sat out after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. Everyone else on the Vikings' injury report was a full participant in Friday's practice, and linebacker Anthony Barr is no longer even on the injury report, which is nice.
Now, on to the home team. . .you might want to grab a beverage for this one.
Green Bay Packers
Yes, the Packers listed 16 players on their injury report this week. Not following them that closely, I don't know if this is legit or if this is some sort of Belichickian "let's just list everyone" sort of deal. . .I think I'd lean towards the former. This injury report isn't written in stone or anything, as the Packers. . .unlike just about every other team in the NFL. . .amend their injury report on Saturdays. We'll update this post with those changes once they come out.
UPDATE: Shields has been downgraded to doubtful, and according to Packers' beat writers on Twitter may still be in the league's concussion protocol.
#Packers' Shields will miss a third straight game despite taking part in several practices this week. He was never out of the protocol.— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) January 2, 2016
Neal and Raji have both been upgraded. Bakhtiari is still the team's biggest question mark as far as availability, and Mike McCarthy has said that he will be a game-time decision.
But, for now, that's a final look at the last injury reports of the regular season for both the Vikings and the Packers. We'll have more coverage of this one as we get closer to kickoff.