Eddie Lacy and Finley’s injury’s were understandable. Players are not allowed to play after sustaining a concussion. The others will have you scratching you head and questioning the Packers toughness.
The Packers are a conservative team when it comes to injuries. That is how the organization approaches the game. It’s bothersome to hear your defensive leader, Clay Matthews, say things like this after the game:
“I think today was more of a preventative measure than anything. I felt like I could go out there, but we have to be smart with this, especially going into the bye week. I don’t see myself missing any time.”
If Clay would have played, the defense would have preformed much better in the second half. Instead, they coughed up an embarrassing loss that could result in missing the playoffs.
So what does that say about the other injuries? Hayward has been sitting out of practice, but Burnett has been an active participant. James Starks was still dressed on the sidelines walking around just fine.
This approach to “playing it safe” is translating to how the Packers perform on the field. The offense was soft all day, clearly lacking toughness. The defense looked similar once Matthews went out.
The organization really needs to look deeply into this loss and come up with a little more fight, or risk missing the playoffs.