So the hamstring bug has bitten another Packer.
Brad Jones is reportedly going to miss Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens with a hamstring pull. If my calculations are correct that would mark six different Packers to suffer the same injury before the halfway mark of the season.
Casey Hayward is still on the shelf recovering from his injury suffered just before the start of training camp. Morgan Burnett just returned from his bout with the injury. Just when we thought Clay Matthews dodged another hamstring injury he suffers a broken thumb. Jarrett Bush, special teams ace, and old reliable John Kuhn also missed games because of the injury.
The latest injury to Brad Jones is significant due to the depleting depth at linebacker for the Packers. Robert Francois has been placed on injured reserve for the year with a torn Achilles. Add in the fact that the defense will be without Matthews for at least one month and things are looking pretty grim for the linebacking corps. Brad Jones was expected to step up and help fill the void for the Packers given his recent solid outings the last couple of games.
Where do the Packers turn from here?
Do they trust Sam Barrington or Jamari Lattimore in extended roles? Do they look for a possible veteran addition somewhere in free agency? It will be interesting to see the Packers’ next move as Ted Thompson is not known for venturing out of the confines of the locker room when injuries occur.
The big question is who is to blame for what seems like the never-ending rash of injuries to Packers over the years? Is it the training staff or lack of conditioning for players …? Or is it just plain dumb luck?