Justin Harrell Out, Jarius Wynn In
The Green Bay Packers suffered a number of injuries in their victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The worst belonging to defensive end Justin Harrell. Harrell has a torn ACL, and will miss the remainder of the season. The former first-round pick was injured while blocking during a Mason Crosby field goal.
To fill Harrell’s roster spot, the Packers welcomed back Jarius Wynn. According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Wynn was “en route to Green Bay” as of Monday morning. Wynn, a former sixth-round pick by the Packers, was released when the team made its final cutdown to 53 players two weeks ago.
In a game where the Packers started with only 4 active defensive linemen, the team was almost forced to use an offensive lineman on defense. With Harrell out early and defensive end Cullen Jenkins missing a portion of the game while the medical staff fitted a cast over his broken hand, the Packers were down to 2 healthy defensive lineman. Jenkins eventually returned to the field, but the Eagles never tested the Packers goal-line defense.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that defensive coordinator, Dom Capers “said he had his fingers crossed” that the Eagles wouldn’t line up with 3 tight ends. Had the Eagles chosen to run a typical short-yardage formation, the Packers would have played offensive guard Josh Sitton on defense.
“You have him go in there and just knock the guy back,” Capers said.
Fortunately, it didn’t come to that. The Eagles spread their formation and Clay Matthews came up with one of his many big plays that earned him a game ball for the week.