We have seen far too much of the Green Bay Packers training staff on the field, and it’s not even Week 5 yet.
Injuries happen to NFL teams every year, but this year seems worse than ever for the Packers.
The Packers went into last week’s contest against the Bears with a roster already decimated by injury.
As we all know, this problem only got worse in the 35-14 victory over Chicago.
Aaron Rodgers was still able to lead the offense to a commanding victory against Chicago with a couple of backup tackles, but this may not be the case against a much tougher opponent coming up this Sunday: the Dallas Cowboys.
Both Bulaga and Bakhtiari were back on the practice field this week. They both had limited participation in Wednesday’s non-padded team practice. Both of them were in pads for Thursday’s practice, as noted by ESPN staff writer Rob Demovsky.
As for the offensive backfield, the starting and backup tailbacks both went down with injuries against the Bears last Thursday.
Both Williams and Montgomery were back with limited participation in Wednesday’s practice. Montgomery wore padding surrounding his ribs, somewhat reminiscent of what Jordy Nelson wore in last year’s NFC Championship game.
Williams says he’s “good” and expects to play this Sunday, and Montgomery said he’s going into this week’s practices as if he’s going to play, but isn’t willing to risk his long-term health to play against Dallas (via packers.com).
On Thursday afternoon, Montgomery wasn’t at practice with the running backs during position drills, but Williams was.
Davante Adams is the offensive player that all Packers fans are most interested in. After the huge hit he took at the hands of Danny Trevathan, it’s very surprising that Adams was back on the practice field on Wednesday afternoon.
It seems unlikely that he will play against Dallas, because he’s still going through concussion protocol.
However, it’s still good to see Adams out-and-about just days after the helmet-to-helmet hit he took.
The big man in the middle of the defensive line was missing last week. Mike Daniels did not play against Chicago because of a nagging hip injury, and starting linebacker Nick Perry also missed time with an ankle injury.
Perry is also coming off another surgery on his hand. He received limited playing time last week while having a club on his injured hand.
All of the defensive players listed on the Packers’ injury report practiced with at least limited participation, with the exception of Joe Thomas.
Thomas missed both Wednesday and Thursday practices, so it seems highly unlikely that he would be playing Sunday.
The mini-bye week for the Packers definitely seemed to help them out in recovering from their numerous injuries. It looks like all of the injured Packers have a good chance of playing against the Cowboys on Sunday, except for Davante Adams and Joe Thomas.
For more updates on the injured players you can see the Packers’ official injury report here.