Hayward went down once again after re-injuring his much maligned hamstring last Sunday during the second half of the Packers home game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Three strikes and the mighty Casey should be declared out … we’re sorry to say this, but the management in Mudville has to put him down for the remainder of the year. Sure, he might be able to come back mid-December at the earliest, but would that really be wise? We understood when he injured himself while working out prior to training camp and was out for more than a month. We cringed when he came back in time for the third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks and watched him head to the sidelines once more.
Being out for another six weeks until a couple of weeks ago was OK because there was a guy by the name of Micah Hyde who stepped into the lineup and has played pretty well.
When we saw him come back and play like a shell of his former self, we were hoping that it was just a matter of time before he got back to the hard-hitting, sure tackling, interception machine that he showed us in 2012. That wasn’t about to happen and today’s news only confirms that fact.
Hayward was a second round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft – an exceptional athlete out of Vanderbilt. He surprised a lot of people in his rookie season, when he ended up being in the running for defensive rookie of the year. He led the Packers with six interception during his rookie campaign, but has played in only three games this year – recording a meager eight tackles.
But that was before we saw him once more on the turf of Lambeau Field last Sunday. And watching him shuffle off the field at the end of the game made it clear, at least in my mind, that he was going to be out for quite some time.
Now that the head coach has confirmed what we were all thinking, it’s pretty clear that the season is over for Mr. Hayward. What good would it do the team to continue to bring him back after being out with this third injury to the same leg.
All we can say at this point to Hayward to for him to rest up and get ready for 2014.
That would be best for the team and for him.