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Packers rookie report: Week 15

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Dan Arkush
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By Dan Arkush

It was not a good week for Packers rookies, particularly first-round OL Derek Sherrod, who broke his right leg in the loss in Kansas City and is done for the rest of the season. It's worth noting that Sherrod, who made his way into the starting lineup when ORT Bryan Bulaga went down with a knee injury early in the second half, hardly distinguished himself before getting hurt, allowing three QB hits. Already missing from the game was undrafted RB Brandon Saine, who was sidelined with a concussion but should be able to play Christmas night vs. the Bears.

Like Sherrod, sixth-round ILB D.J. Smith had a long day against the Chiefs. Consistently having trouble picking up on the Chiefs' adjustments, Smith seemed a step slow all day both vs. the run and in coverage. Smith was the team's second-leading tackler with nine in K.C., including a tackle for loss. But after performing quite well in two previous starts in place of the injured Desmond Bishop, Smith came up short. For the first time since Bishop went down with a calf injury, Green Bay's defense appeared to really miss his superior playmaking ability.

Second-round rookie Randall Cobb fared the best among Green Bay's first-year players last Sunday. Cobb put up the best numbers of any of the Packers' wideouts (four catches for 53 yards) and displayed his versatility on a four-yard run out of the "Wildcat" formation for the first time this season. Cobb also had three kickoff returns for 68 yards with a long of 27 and a fair catch on his only punt-return attempt.

Undrafted rookie LB Jamari Lattimore was effective on special teams (one tackle).

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