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Packers-Dolphins matchup of the day: Friday

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By Dan Arkush

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Green Bay’s Week Six game against Miami at Lambeau Field.

Packers LB corps vs. Dolphins RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams

With ILB Nick Barnett (wrist surgery) definitely out of the lineup for the Dolphins game, and the availability of OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring) considered very questionable, an undermanned Green Bay LB corps could be hard-pressed to handle the double whammy served up by Brown and Williams, who pretty much take turns on each possession. Brown is also the featured attraction in the “Wildcat” formation frequently employed by offensive coordinator Dan Henning.

Brown and Williams offer contrasting styles with an emphasis on breakaway speed and good old-fashioned power running, respectively, and Green Bay’s linebackers must be able to adapt to those styles and also be very leery of both runners catching passes out of the backfield. The key Packer ’backer figures to be Desmond Bishop, who had a terrific game against the Redskins starting in place of Barnett. Fellow ILB A.J. Hawk, who played almost every snap last week at the strong ILB spot, also must remain alert at all times.

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