Packers kicker Mason Crosby is on the injury report.
According to the Packers’ first injury report of the week, Crosby is dealing with calf and back injuries. Far from ideal for a kicker.
It’s worth noting that today’s practice was a walk-through so this was an estimation, according to Olivia Reiner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Still, it’s concerning to see Crosby’s name on the injury report.
Crosby hasn’t missed a game in his career. For those counting, that’s 214 regular season games and 20 playoff games without missing one for the Packers.
If he has to miss this game, this team would be entering unknown territory. They are one of the few teams in the NFL to have enjoyed continuity at the kicker position for well over a decade with Crosby regularly putting the ball through the uprights. If he has to miss this game, or any other, the Packers will suddenly have a lot of uncertainty at the position, something we’re not used to seeing.
Now, it’s still early in the week. Crosby had no issues kicking in last Sunday’s win, or so it seemed. We don’t know how bad these injuries are, and it’s entirely possible the Packers are just giving Crosby some time off to rest and recover ahead of this week’s game.
But it’s definitely something to watch closely. The Packers have two important games coming up in the space of a little over a week. First they have a divisional matchup with the Vikings, then a key game against the San Francisco 49ers next Thursday night.
The last thing the Packers need is a new kicker coming in and missing an important kick in a close game.
Let’s hope Crosby gets back to 100 percent and is ready to roll on Sunday.