Five things Packers must address in their bye week

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Get healthy

This isn’t something the Packers can control, but the bye week will definitely help with the injury situation.

Many players are dealing with injuries but still playing, including Aaron Rodgers (toe), Rashan Gary (elbow), Allen Lazard (shoulder), and Aaron Jones (knee).

David Bakhtiari is yet to play this season — hopefully his return will come after the bye week. Za’Darius Smith was limited in Week 1 with a back injury he was dealing with throughout training camp, and he hasn’t played since. Jaire Alexander has been out for most of the season with a shoulder injury.

We still don’t know if and when these three key players will be able to return, but there’s hope they could all be back this season.

Playing so many games in a row has had an impact, there’s no doubt. The Packers haven’t had much time to recover and rest. This bye week gives them an opportunity to do that.

This team has battled through plenty of adversity and set themselves up for another NFC North title as they sit 9-3 at their bye. This week gives every player some time to rest and recover, and time for the injured players to get healthier. Hopefully the Packers will get a few players back in Week 14 versus the Chicago Bears.