As of Thursday of this week, there were 13 players listed on the Green Bay Packers injury report. Of those, only two participated in full. Now that the 2013 season is in it’s 12th week, it is probably safe to say that injuries are going to continue to be the story of this year’s Packers team.
This is not a news flash to anyone familiar with the Packers or, really, anyone who follows NFL football. For the past four seasons, the Packers have become notorious for being among the league leaders in lost time due to player injuries. We know that the Green Bay medical staff operates on the conservative side and I’m being liberal in using that term. Yes, that was corny, but it’s hard to argue its truth.
Often when there is a question about a player’s readiness to return to the field or be activated, the team will hold the player back to allow more time to heal. In theory, this seems wise, but the Packers don’t appear to be reaping the rewards of being so cautious.
Each week it seems that more and more new bodies are added to the injury report. Still, the Packers have to continue playing their games. Having depth is one thing and we all know how previous Packers teams have overcome injuries to do great things, but if there is a “one too many” point, it is now.