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Robert Francois, AJ Hawk, Brad Jones, Jarami Lattimore, Clay Matthews, Dezman Moses, Nick Perry, DJ Smith, Erik Walden
Certainly some difficult decisions to make with this unit, but because of his impact on special teams and tenacious ability to get into the backfield, Moses will make the final cut.
The final linebacker spot may just come down to Walden and Vic So'oto, on whom I was pretty high early last season, but Walden—who is suspended for Week 1—has been playing like a man possessed after struggling mightily in 2011.
Lattimore could surprise some people this season based on his performance during the preseason, plus his ability to play both inside and outside is an attractive asset.
Francois injured his hamstring in Thursday's game against Cincinnati, so that could open the door for someone like So'oto or Terrell Manning to make the roster should Francois be placed on the PUP list.
Of course, the biggest loss Green Bay suffered in the preseason was Desmond Bishop, who was placed on IR Monday. It's a shame this rule change was rejected.
To me, it came down to Brad Jones and Manning for another spot on the roster, but Jones' special teams ability will give him the edge.
Manning, who could make the 53-man roster initially with Walden out—or with Francois injured—will otherwise find himself on the practice squad.
Lastly, Frank Zombo was placed on PUP on Monday, but that may just be delaying the inevitable for Z.