The Green Bay Packers aren’t sitting as badly as they were last season when around 20 percent of the players in training camp were suffering from some sort of Malady – many worse than others.
Heading into tomorrow’s 8:20 a.m. session, which will be the third straight practice day in pads, the Packers ability to avoid injuries will be tested to the max.
When Johnny Jolly went down with an ankle injury today, he will potentially join a group of players already out with some sort of hurt.
Those who sat out today’s practice and most who will be out again on Thursday are Sederrik Cunningham (wrist), Kevin Dorsey (leg),Charles Johnson (knee), RB DuJuan Harris (knee), S Sean Richardson (neck), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), CB Tramon Williams (knee), S David Fulton (knee), LB Nate Palmer (shoulder), OLB Dezman Moses (toe), OL JC Tretter (ankle), DE Mike Neal (abdominal), T Derek Sherrod (leg) and DE Jerel Worthy (knee).
So, the Packers head into the next three days in pads, including the Family Night scrimmage Saturday night. With the Packers focus on keeping their players healthy, keeping the number of players off the sideline and on the field will be difficult. You’ve got players fighting for jobs, players trying to impress coaches with that big catch, that big run, that solid block, that big hit.
Getting through the next few days – heck, getting through the next month of workouts that will include 12 more full pad practices and four preseason games. The goal is to keep everyone healthy, but this is football. It’s a violent game where people get hurt.
The Packers have had their share of injuries the past few years; they don’t need any more, but we know there will be more. How the team adjusts and adapts to the adversity will once again be a defining characteristic. Our hope is that it’s minimized.