15 Players On Packers Injury Report
If the 2010 Green Bay Packers season were a book, I wouldn’t predict a Super Bowl victory after reading the first two chapters. If you look at past Super Bowl stories, two factors from championship seasons emerge. First, the ball seems to bounce the right way as teams find a way to win the close games; the fumbles seem to go their way, field goals hit the crossbar and bounce in rather than out. The other attribute of a champion team is their ability to stay relatively injury-free. The Packers have caught a few lucky breaks so far this season, but they have been unable to avoid injuries.
After Saturday’s practice the Packers released their final injury report, which listed a total of 15 players. Four players were listed as “questionable” and eleven as “probable.” A designation of “questionable” means the player has a 50% chance of playing. Those players are LB Brad Jones, DE Ryan Pickett, DE Mike Neal and S Charlie Peprah. Head coach Mike McCarthy said of the aforementioned players, Pickett had the best chance of playing against the Bears on Monday night. The eleven “probable” players — who have a 75% chance of playing — are LB Desmond Bishop, T Chad Clifton, G Daryn Colledge, TE Tom Crabtree, FB Korey Hall, DE Cullen Jenkins, S Derrick Martin, LB Clay Matthews, LB Brady Poppinga, CB Brandon Underwood, and CB Charles Woodson.
Offensive guard Daryn Colledge suffered a sprained knee during Thursday’s practice, but was able to return to the practice field on Saturday. Mike McCarthy told reporters on Friday that he was “concerned” about the injury, but Colledge, who has never missed a game in his five-year career, wasn’t worried.
“I wouldn’t be too concerned,” he said. “I haven’t missed a game yet. So, I’m planning on being out there Monday.”
Colledge, along with the other players listed as probable, is expected to play on Monday night. Colledge’s presence should help shore up an offensive line that will have its hands full with a formidable Chicago defensive line.
The Packers defensive line, however, is looking thin. Rookie defensive end Mike Neal suffered a “setback” with his injured rib this week, and the coaching staff is unsure when he will return to the field. Considering Cullen Jenkins is already playing with a club cast over his hand, and Ryan Pickett’s hamstring is giving him trouble, the linemen need to heal quickly or the defense may struggle to stop the run this season. The Bills already demonstrated an ability to run the ball on the Packers defense, and if the front line continues to suffer injuries, the entire squad will suffer.
The Packers are only two games into the season, but the team could already use a bye week. As long as the Packers continue to catch the lucky breaks, they will still be in contention for the post season. But if they cannot stay healthy, this story won’t end with a celebration in Dallas.