“Oh, man. Not this stuff again.”
This has likely been the thought of many Cheeseheads as the Green Bay Packers continue to work their way through training camp and the preseason. One season removed from being decimated by injuries on their way to the Super Bowl XLV title, the Packers once again are looking at infirmary that may have more players in it than are on the practice field.
If there is one team in the league that can get by being devastated by injuries, it is the Packers. GM Ted Thompson has built one of the deepest rosters in the NFL and the vast majority of the players went through something similar two years ago.
Still, the current rash of injuries has to be more worrisome to Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy for one simple reason: it’s still training camp. The players aren’t even taking hits at full game speed and yet here the Packers are again in the position of having almost a roster on the injury report.
So far, Desmond Bishop has been the only real catastrophic injury. His season is in jeopardy with his torn hamstring needing surgery. Though the rest of the injuries aren’t “season threatening,” they’ve been numerous enough to make McCarthy alter his practice schedule and even cut some practices short. Worse yet, McCarthy hasn’t really had a chance to see his full number one offense and defense face off against each other.
To quote Lombardi, “What the hell is going on out there?” For the second time in three years, the Packers are fighting off an injury epidemic albeit in training camp (as of right now at least) and not during the regular season, but there is still a cause for concern.
What is the deal with all the injuries? Let’s look at a few theories in no particular order.
Poor conditioning workouts from the coaches.
The idea has been tossed around by a few that the Packers need to fire their strength and conditioning coaches since the team once again has seen an alarming amount of injuries crop up. Mark Lovat was promoted to strength and conditioning coordinator in February of 2010 before the start of the Super Bowl season that saw the Packers place 15 players on injured reserve during the season.