Hey, Green Bay Packers – What the hell’s going on out here?
Once again, the Packers are back to their usual tricks as it pertains to injuries and the prospect of again not having key players on the field come Sunday when they face a must-win situation when they host NFC North Division rival Minnesota Vikings.
Just when it seemed they were coming out of the woods and healing up, the injury list explodes with of players suffering maladies that have seemingly come out of nowhere or continue to linger.
head coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week that the number of players on the injury list isn’t uncommon at this time of year. He’s right. Every player has nicks and dings, but it sure doesn’t give Packers fans a huge sense of confidence knowing that the team is having trouble filling its roster because of the injury situation.
Here’s the complete list:
• Don Barclay – Out
• Evan Dietrich-Smith – Probable
• Casey Hayward – Out
• Micah Hyde – Probable
• Johnny Jolly – Doubtful
• Clay Matthews – Probable
• Andy Mulumba – Probable
• Mike Neal – Probable
• James Nixon – Out
• Nick Perry – Out
• Ryan Pickett – Probable
• Aaron Rodgers – Out
• Sam Shields – Questionable
In addition to the ongoing situation with Aaron Rodgers, it looks like the Packers will be without Johnny Jolly, a defensive lineman who would be a valued member of a team that is charged with stopping Adrian Peterson (though the Vikings’ running back himself is questionable heading into Sunday’s game). But on top of that, cornerback Sam Shields, the Packers best cover corner is questionable. Even if he plays, he won’t be at top speed. I would be very surprised if he hits the field Sunday.
Clay Matthews, Mike Neal, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Ryan Picket, Micah Hyde, and Andy Mulumba are all probable and will most likely play, but others who are out are Nick Perry, James Nixon, and Casey Hayward on the defensive side of the ball and tackle Don Barclay on the offensive side.
So, just what the hell is going on? The Packers head into their biggest game of the year and the injuries just keep piling up. Can this team cut a break at all this season?
Luckily for the Packers, the Vikings are nearly matching them in numbers of players on their own list, if that’s any consolation.