The Green Bay Packers announced today that they would be activating TE Andrew Quarless off the Physically Unable to Perform list, but even more importantly, they announced that rookie first round draft choice Nick Perry would have surgery on his wrist and would be out the rest of the year.
C’mon, Man! Can it get any worse for the Packers?
I can’t imagine how it could.
Though Perry is a rookie, it’s an important season for him to be on the field and getting as many reps as possible. He was just starting to show how important he was to the defense when he went down with what we all thought was a knee injury that would keep him out for a few weeks.
However, as it turned out, it was his wrist that ended up hurting him most and shelving him for the remainder of the year.
Yes, the Packers will miss Perry. They will not have the opportunity to coach him up and get him comfortable in a system where he was showing his value. Lining up opposite Clay Matthews for the most part at the start of the season, Matthews was having a monster year. In the first five games or so Matthews was closing in on 10 sacks and on track to possibly threaten the season sack record.
Since Perry has been out, Matthews has had one sack … hmmmmmm … do you think that’s a coincidence?
Perry was drafted with the mindset that he would help to make Matthews even better.
Now that the Packers are relying more on Erik Walden, for the most part, Matthews has slowed. Not to say that Walden hasn’t helped the defense overall … he has … but the loss of Perry may be more important than anyone has realized.
Had it been any other team without the depth that the Packers have, the season may have come to a quick end without the services of the many players who have hit the training room. However, Mike McCarthy-coached teams seem to thrive in these situations.
So, can it get any worse? It could if Aaron Rodgers went down, but we don’t even want to broach that subject. With Quarless back in the fold, he will help to bolster the tight end position. That will be a good thing.
Let’s just hope the team will be able to get some of their players back for the run toward the playoffs.
Because we all know it really shouldn’t get any worse.