The Friday edition of the weekly hit list (otherwise known as the injury report) was issued earlier this afternoon and for the first time in recent memory the list’s length for the opposing team is longer than that for the Green Bay Packers.
And while it looks like the Cincinnati Bengals will be without defensive end Robert Geathers (elbow), cornerback Brandon Ghee (concussion), cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring), and guard Mike Pollak (knee) for Sunday, the Packers will for sure be without the hamstrung brothers, Morgan Burnett, cornerback Jarrett Bush, and cornerback Casey Hayward – all suffering from hamstring injuries – it looks like they may be joined in the hammy club by fullback John Kuhn, who is doubtful (25 percent chance of playing).
I would be surprised if he plays, but rookie running back Eddie Lacy has been listed as questionable, which means he has a 50-50 chance of playing. No doubt he will be a gametime decision – which when translated means he probably won’t play. Why would the Packers risk him when they can rest him for two straight weeks and be sure they have him as the team heads into the middle of their schedule?
Well, one answer to that would be to activate him Sunday, have him dress, but only use him if James Starks gets knocked out of the game. With Kuhn most likely out, that would leave only rookie Johnathan Franklin in reserve, which wouldn’t be a good option considering he hasn’t played at all this season – though it is expected he may have some plays scripted in light of the fact the Packers are so thin at running back right now.
Also of concern is Tramon Williams, who is listed as probable, but was limited in practice on Friday. He is suffering from a groin injury.
While there is always concern when players are injured, the Packers are sitting well in comparison to the past couple of seasons when the injury bug took a huge bite out of the team’s roster.
Below is the complete injury report issued earlier this afternoon.