The Green Bay Packers‘ injury list has been growing over the past week or so, but there doesn’t appear to be any long-term concern.
The Packers practiced on Monday without a few key players including running back Aaron Jones, defensive tackle Kenny Clark, and edge rusher Rashan Gary.
The team doesn’t need to provide much injury information until they begin their weekly injury reports during the regular season. However, head coach Matt LaFleur did say he doesn’t believe there are any long-term concerns with the injured players.
“No not long term, but they could be out for a week or so,” LaFleur said to reporters on Tuesday.
We can all breathe a sigh of relief with that news.
According to The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman, Clark and Gary are dealing with groin injuries, while Jones has a hamstring issue. Two wide receivers competing for a spot on the roster, Equanimeous St. Brown and Juwann Winfree, are also dealing with injuries. EQ missed practice with a hamstring injury, Winfree a shoulder issue.
There are still a few days to go until the Packers begin their preseason against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field, although I’d guess it’s fair to say many of the injured players won’t be out there in that game.
There would be no point in risking Jones, Clark, or Gary, three important players to this team, for a preseason game. Especially as they are dealing with soft-tissue injuries, which can be made worse if a player returns too soon.
The main thing over the next month is to get through training camp and the preseason with as few injuries as possible. And hopefully no long-term injury concerns moving forward.
The Packers have been without a few key players at practice this week, but the encouraging news is LaFleur doesn’t believe there are any long-term concerns.