The good news for the Green Bay Packers outweighed the bad when the Packers PR department issued last night’s report on team injuries.
News usually comes in threes, whether it’s good or bad, and such was the case yesterday when it appeared that cornerback Casey Hayward and running back James Starks were to be joined by an unexpected Nick Perry on the Packers roster for Sunday night’s game in Minneapolis. But we also can’t forget cornerback Jarrett Bush who is also expected to play.
Hayward, last season’s runner-up for rookie defensive player of the year, hasn’t played a down for the Packers yet this season and his return Sunday will surely only deepen one of the team’s most talented positions. He will be joining Sam Shields, Davon House, Micah Hyde, Jarrett Bush, and Tramon Williams on the field Sunday, giving Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers one more weapon to use against the Vikings and their quarterback Christian Ponder.
In addition to Hayward, it appears that James Starks, who has been out for a couple of weeks with a strained knee, will be available for action. Though rookie Eddie Lacy is slated as the starter, it will be nice to have Starks available to give Lacy a breather (not only that, but I picked up Starks on my fantasy team!).
Starks was inserted into the lineup when Lacy went down with an injury against the Redskins. He promptly ran for 120 yards in that game and was on pace to equal that production the next week at Cincinnati when he went down just before the end of the first half. Rookie Johnathan Franklin filled in admirably himself in the second half by picking up 103 yards.
Like Hayward strengthening the cornerback position, Starks will only help the running game.
In addition, throw in Nick Perry, who is expected to also add more depth to the linebacker position – a position that has had the most injuries the past couple of weeks, and you’ve got some very good news on the Packers injury front. Perry, who was diagnosed with a broken bone in his foot, is back on the field long before anyone thought possible. How often does that happen? For us Packers fans, not often, so enjoy it now.
On the flip side, there is James Jones. Everyone thought he would be back for this game, but it seems the Packers are taking their time in bringing him back. And considering the performance last week by Jarrett Boykin, it’s probably not a bad move by Green Bay. If they can give Jones at least one more week of recovery time and still get solid numbers out of Boykin, it’s a win-win.
So, overall, the injury news coming out of Green Bay is positive. It’s not often the team can say that. We need to enjoy it while we can.