Given the fact that Hayward missed Tuesday’s practice, the team didn’t practice Wednesday and today’s absence means he has been sitting for three straight days.
The Packers stated that they were “being smart” with Hayward, given his past injury history. Last year, he played only in three games before being shut down for the year with hamstring issues.
Because Head Coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t available after today’s practice, there wasn’t any immediate indication of the severity of Hayward’s injury.
Losing Hayward would be a significant blow to the Packers. As a rookie, Hayward flashed All Pro potential, picking off six passes and being a player in contention for Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.
Last year, Hayward was injured while working out prior to the start of training camp. He came back midway through camp, but was again sat down prior to the start of the regular season. Though he did come back to play three games he was shut down near the end of the regular season.
To date, he has been healthy during the 2014 training camp – until this week.
We’ve all heard reports on other Packers players who have suffered injuries that were to keep them out only a short time that turned into weeks and months of missed time. Though the Packers are being smart with Hayward, our hope is that this doesn’t turn into one of those situations where he eventually gets shut down for the season.
He can’t afford that and neither can the Packers.
Should he be out for an extended period it may be necessary to bring Micah Hyde back into the cornerback fold after the team has been training him at safety. It’s either that or rely more heavily on the services of Davon House and Jarrett Bush.
That said, the players who might get more playing time are Jumal Rolle, Demetri Goodson and Ryan White - three players on the back end of the Packers’ cornerback depth chart who have also flashed some talent.
According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, other players sitting out for the Packers are as follows:
Running back Rajion Neal (knee),
center Jordan McCray (shoulder),
linebacker Joe Thomas (knee),
guard/tackle Don Barclay (knee),
receiver Jared Abbrederis (knee),
tight end Brandon Bostick (lower leg) and
defensive tackle Letroy Guion (hamstring).
Stay tuned … Either way, we should be concerned and hope for the best.