GREEN BAY, Wis. – Brice Butler will once again be inactive this weekend, despite some speculation that he might suit up for Sunday's game against Green Bay.
The Cowboys announced their seven inactive players prior to kickoff on Sunday, headlined by Butler – who has not been active since he caught two passes for 41 yards in the Week 7 loss to New York. The other six inactives are Tony Romo, Deji Olatoye, Mark Nzeocha, Ron Leary, Chaz Green and Geoff Swaim.
There had been some talk that Butler might get his first game reps in nearly two months, largely due to the fact that Devin Street struggled in last week's win against Washington – as he fumbled and was penalized during the course of the game. But Street apparently did enough in practice to fend off Butler, and he will dress as the Cowboys' No. 5 receiver.
The Packers, meanwhile, will be sitting two starters as a result of injury. Starting center Corey Linsley was declared doubtful for the game on Friday with an ankle injury, and he was officially ruled out prior to kickoff. Linebacker Nick Perry was also declared inactive with a shoulder injury that limited him all week in practice.
Green Bay did get some good news, though, as offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga will be active after fighting off the ankle injury that limited him this week.
The rest of the names on the Cowboys' inactive list aren't particularly surprising. Romo is still recovering from the broken clavicle he suffered on Thanksgiving, and the other five players were healthy scratches for depth reasons. Olatoye is the team's ninth defensive back, and Nzeocha is the No. 7 linebacker on the depth chart.
Leary has been inactive since La'el Collins was named the starter at left guard in Week 6, and Green is inactive as the fourth offensive tackle on the depth chart. The same can be said for Swaim, who is fourth at tight end behind Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar and James Hanna.