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By Dan Arkush

Each Wednesday throughout the season we'll identify one player, coach or area of the Packers that is most under the microscope. This week, the choice is the running backs.

I probably would have opted for Bryan Bulaga in this spot if not for the uncertainty as to whether or not he will start Monday night at left tackle in place of the gimpy Chad Clifton. What is much more of a given will be the need for Green Bay's ground game to at least keep the Bears' run defense honest and provide some semblance of balance in the team's pass-oriented attack. While Brandon Jackson is considered the starter, it appears until further notice that the team will go with a RB-by-committee attack that also includes FB John Kuhn and newcomer Dimitri Nance.

The Packers wouldn't mind at all if a "hot hand" did emerge from this group, and the most likely would appear to be Jackson, perhaps more as a receiver out of the backfield than as a runner. All three backs will be facing a major challenge, considering how well the Bears have defended the run in the first two games. In any event, the rumors that the Packers still might find a way to trade for Bills RB Marshawn Lynch refuse to die.

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