“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.