The Green Bay Packers have put Mason Crosby and Josh Jackson on the non-football injury list on the opening day of training camp.
The first practice of training camp is in the books and, for the most part, the Green Bay Packers are healthy (say it quietly).
There were a couple of injury notes. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, kicker Mason Crosby and cornerback Josh Jackson were sidelined with injuries and have been placed on the non-football injury list.
Crosby has a calf injury, and Jackson a foot issue.
As reported by ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, safety Darnell Savage Jr. also sat out of practice due to having his wisdom teeth removed, and running back Dexter Williams didn’t practice as he’s ill.
The good news is that Matt LaFleur isn’t concerned about the injuries to Crosby and Jackson, and it seems holding them out of practice was simply a precaution.
But even without making a single kick, Crosby looks to be ahead in the training camp battle with Sam Ficken. Demovsky noted that Ficken went four-for-six on his field goal attempts. He added that it was “into the wind but against no defense”.
It’s going to take an almost flawless performance from Ficken throughout camp to win the job ahead of Crosby, so that’s not an ideal start.
Kevin King is healthy and was part of the starting defense on Thursday, according to Zach Heilprin of The Zone in Madison. If King can stay healthy, he could have a big year as a starter next to Jaire Alexander.
Overall, it’s an encouraging start to training camp on the injury side of things. There’s a long way to go, and injuries will happen along the way. But it’s good to hear that only two players are on the non-football injury list, and both Crosby and Jackson shouldn’t be out too long.
Long may the good luck with injuries continue for the Packers.