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Dissecting The Packers Injury Report: Can They Even Field A Team?

October 29, 2010

As we approach the midway point of the 2010 NFL season, the Green Bay Packers already have 10 players on injured reserve. Of those 10 players, 5 of them were starters. Remarkably, the Packers find themselves tied for first place in the NFC North with an overall record of 4-3. They have a difficult test ahead of them this weekend as they travel to New Jersey to take on the Jets, and the Packers’ lengthy injury report is not going to help their cause.

NAME POSITION INJURY WED. THU.
Clifton, Chad T Knee LP FP
Collins, Nick S Knee LP LP
Driver, Donald WR Quadricep DNP DNP
Jenkins, Cullen DE Calf LP LP
Newhouse, Marshall G/T Back FP FP
Pickett, Ryan DE/NT Ankle DNP DNP
Tauscher, Mark T Shoulder LP LP
Woodson, Charles CB Toe LP LP

FP = Full participant
LP = Limited participant
DNP = Did not participate

Cullen Jenkins who re-aggravated a hamstring injury in pre-game warmups last Sunday and Ryan Pickett who is still nursing an ankle injury are both heading toward game-time decisions. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Pickett and Jenkins may not practice Friday in order to avoid any setbacks. The Packers defense could really use both linemen, but head coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers’ medical staff did not recommend testing the injuries in Friday’s practice. If Pickett and/or Jenkins are unable to go, the Packers may be forced to suit up new arrival Howard Green. Green has been on a roller coaster ride this week after being released by the Jets on Monday, driving home to Louisiana on Tuesday, and spending 30 hours traveling back to Green Bay on Wednesday and Thursday.

Following his usual routine, you can expect cornerback Charles Woodson to play on Sunday despite being limited in practice all week. The same can be said for safety Nick Collins.

Donald Driver’s quadriceps was clearly bothering him last Sunday when he failed to continue his streak of 139 games with at least one pass reception. Perhaps a week of rest is all that is needed for Driver to get healthy and start a new streak. The only vulnerable spot in a very good Jets defense maybe their two safeties. The Packers may need Driver’s presence in the middle of the field if they hope to steal a victory in New Jersey this weekend.

Mark Tauscher is back practicing this week on a limited basis, but there’s no reason to rush him back with rookie Bryan Bulaga playing so well. Bulaga will get the start once again at right tackle.

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