6

October

Report: Packers LB Clay Matthews has a Broken Thumb

Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews says he will play Sunday. That's a big deal.

Clay Matthews

Mike Garafolo from Fox Sports is reporting that Packers LB Clay Matthews suffered a broken thumb in Sunday’s win over the Lions. From Garafolo’s Twitter feed:

 

Sigh. The injuries never end with this team.

Mike Neal and Nick Perry showed signs of life on Sunday, but if Matthews is out for an extended period of time, it’s devastating.

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6

August

Jordy Nelson Out For The Preseason After Knee Procedure

Jordy Nelson

WR Jordy Nelson is done for training camp and the preseason after knee surgery to reportedly correct a nerve issue

In a stunning development after the conclusion of this morning’s training camp practice, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced that wide receiver Jordy Nelson is out for the remainder of training camp and the preseason after a procedure was done on his knee.

According to ESPN.com, the procedure was to correct a nerve issue with his knee that flared up during training camp.  The ESPN report says that Nelson could have made it through the season with pain and by taking medication, but he opted for the surgery that would correct the problem.

McCarthy said he was “hopeful” Nelson would be ready for the regular season opener against the San Francisco 49ers but that is not  certain at this pont.  With Randall Cobb leaving today’s practice with what McCarthy called a bicep injury, the Green Bay wide receiver corps is suddenly getting thin.  Cobb’s injury does not seem severe, but the loss of Nelson leaves James Jones as the only receiver from the team’s top three to remain healthy.

This is good news for Jarrett Boykin as well as Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey to make noise on the practice field.  Johnson and Dorsey have missed practice with injuries but with Nelson confirmed out, this may still give them one last shot at making an impression.  Don’t rule out Myles White either.

After emerging from the first week of camp relatively healthy, the injury bug struck the Packers hard this week with the news about Nelson as well as the reported ACL tear suffered by left tackle Bryan Bulaga.  For a team that was decimated by injuries last season, Green Bay can’t be too thrilled with the injury news coming out of training camp this week.

 

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4

August

Packers News: Report: Bryan Bulaga Suffers Knee Injury

Here we go again. Bryan Bulaga may miss 2013 with an apparent knee injury

The Green Bay Packers may have already suffered their first major injury of 2013 and they have yet to play a preseason game.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting via Twitter that left tackle Bryan Bulaga suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s Family Night scrimmage and that the injury could be severe.  According to McGinn, the team is “hoping for the best but fearing the worst.”  If the worst case scenario comes to fruition, Bulaga will be on injured reserve for a second straight season.

It’s unclear which knee Bulaga injured, but if it’s the same leg as his hip injury from last season then there could be some long-term repercussions for Bulaga.  As the Packers’ best offensive lineman on a newly revamped line, this injury could prove devastating for Green Bay.

As for what the Packers will do in Bulaga’s absence, there are some options but none of them are really good scenarios. Marshall Newhouse could move to the left tackle position he held last year and let David Bakhtiari and Don Barclay battle it out for the right tackle job.  They could also try Bakhtiari at left tackle and keep Barclay on the right.   With Barclay entering his second year and Bakhtiari a rookie, neither of these situations are ideal.

Part of the Packers’ reasoning for shuffling the offensive line this offseason was to shore up protection of Aaron Rodgers’ blind side. That meant moving Bulaga to left tackle, which is where he played in college.  Unfortunately, it looks like he may have to wait to play that position at the professional level.

For now, it will be a waiting game until official word on Bulaga comes down. Coach Mike McCarthy made no mention of this after Saturday’s scrimmage so everyone is truly in the dark for the time being.

If the report is true then the Packers may be in for another battle with the injury bug in 2013.  After injuries decimated the roster last season, this is not the news Packers fans have been waiting for.

Buckle up, Packer Nation. It may be yet another bumpy ride for the Green and Gold.

2

January

Packers: Chad Clifton Will Be Starter at Left Tackle in Playoffs

Chad Clifton will be the Packers starting left tackle in the 2012 playoffs.

Any lingering question about who would start at left tackle for the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional round of the 2012 NFL playoffs was answered Monday morning.

Without hesitation, coach Mike McCarthy proclaimed Chad Clifton as the starter at that position over second-year tackle Marshall Newhouse.

“Chad Clifton will be our starter,” McCarthy said. “There is no gray area for that.”

Clifton started on Sunday against the Detroit Lions and played the first three series for the Packers. McCarthy said on Monday that the goal was to play him for 25 or so snaps.

There was plenty of rust visible in those 25 snaps, which is understandable for a 35-year-old tackle coming off a torn hamstring. Clifton hadn’t played in a game since Week 5 when he suffered the injury in Atlanta and just returned to practice full-time this week.

Clifton was beat a handful of times in pass protection against the Lions, including one allowed sack. McCarthy acknowledged that Clifton still has work to do over the next two weeks to be ready for the Packers’ Divisional round playoff game.

Asked why he was choosing Clifton over Newhouse, who started 10 games at left tackle this season, McCarthy said, “Experience, and Clifton is a damn good player.”

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Zach Kruse is a 23-year-old sports journalist with a passion for the Green Bay Packers. He currently lives in Wisconsin and is working on his journalism degree, while also covering prep sports for The Dunn Co. News.

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December

Packers’ Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley Miss Wednesday Practice

Packers WR/KR Randall Cobb (groin) was held out of Wednesday practice.

Receiver/returner Randall Cobb and tight end Jermichael Finley missed Wednesday’s practice with various ailments, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said this afternoon.

Cobb, who ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in kick and punt return average, picked up a groin injury and isn’t expected to practice until Friday at the earliest. McCarthy described him as “sore” today, but no other specifics were given.

McCarthy was even more in the dark about Finley, who apparently injured his knee in what McCarthy called a “last minute” deal. McCarthy said he doesn’t have any feel about where Finley is at right now, so it’s certainly a situation to monitor over the next couple of days. Finley injured his meniscus in Week 5 last season and didn’t see the field again.

UPDATE: Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported after the press conference that Finley woke up with a sore knee on Monday, and it “didn’t feel right” when he came in today. It’s also not the same knee he injured last season. 

McCarthy’s news wasn’t all bad on the injury front, however.

Ryan Pickett (concussion) returned to practice after being cleared either late Monday night or early Tuesday. He has missed the last three weeks after suffering his second concussion of the season against the Oakland Raiders. Pickett was limited Wednesday, as the Packers plan on giving him the full week to prepare to play Sunday.

Pickett is a vital cog in the Packers run defense, which has been gashed in all three games since the 335-pound defensive lineman went out.

Left tackle Chad Clifton also practiced Wednesday, and he saw some time with the Packers No. 1 offense in an attempt to ready him for Sunday. McCarthy said he wants to see Clifton in Thursday’s padded practice before making any definitive announcement on his playing status.

The Packers obviously want to get a solid grasp on their left tackle situation in preparation for the playoffs, and seeing Clifton in live action is an important part of that process. Clifton hasn’t played since tearing his hamstring in Week 5 against the Atlanta Falcons.

12

December

Source: Packers Likey To Activate WR Tori Gurley Soon

According to a source, Gurley will be promoted to the Packers' active roster soon.

According to a source close to the situation, the Green Bay Packers are working on promoting rookie receiver Tori Gurley from the practice squad to the active roster in the coming days.

The source, speaking on terms of anonymity, said that the Packers are working on a deal to pay him money in the range of an active player. Combined with Greg Jennings’ injury that will keep him out 2-3 weeks, there’s a good chance that the Packers could activate Gurley sometime before Green Bay takes on the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.

Gurley had an extended talk with both quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers coaching staff on Monday and came away from the meetings encouraged about the upcoming situation, the source said. That would help explain Gurley’s tweet about an hour before McCarthy’s press conference on Monday that said “God works in mysterious ways ;- ) Go Pack Go.”

The source also said that another team was in talks to claim Gurley off the Packers practice squad. The team wasn’t named, but that likely helped give Gurley even more leverage to get onto the active roster.

To make room for Gurley, it is possible that the Packers will put Vic So’oto, a rookie linebacker who has dealt with a recurring back issue throughout the season, on season-ending injured reserve. Chad Clifton is another option for IR, but McCarthy said on Monday that they still have hope for his return this season. Either way, the Packers will have to trim their current roster by one if they plan to make room for Gurley.

An undrafted free agent from South Carolina, Gurley has impressed coaches and fellow players throughout the season. When asked earlier in the year, many of the veteran players had nothing but glowing reviews for Gurley and his play-making ability. Gurley made a name for himself on the punt unit during the preseason, blocking several kicks.

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Zach Kruse is a 23-year-old sports journalist with a passion for the Green Bay Packers. He currently lives in Wisconsin and is working on his journalism degree, while also covering prep sports for The Dunn Co. News.

You can read more of Zach's Packers articles on AllGreenBayPackers.com.

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12

December

McCarthy: Packers WR Greg Jennings Injury to Keep Him Out 2-3 Weeks

Greg Jennings Thumbs Up

Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced that Greg Jennings would be out 2-3 weeks.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced Monday that injured receiver Greg Jennings has a knee sprain and will be out “a couple of weeks,” but that the team is confident they’ll have their No. 1 receiver in time for the postseason.

When pressed further on the length of “a couple weeks,” McCarthy said that it should be 2-3 weeks. While that will likely mean the rest of the regular season, Jennings should almost certainly be back in time for the Packers’ first playoff game, which will take place in Green Bay during the divisional round on either  Jan. 11 or 12.

The Packers clinched a first-round bye with their 46-16 win over the Raiders on Sunday.

McCarthy said “it’s safe to say” that Jennings will be back for the playoffs.

Jennings was hurt on a short reception in the second half of Sunday’s game and limped off in obvious pain. After being examined on the sidelines, Jennings was carted off to the Packers’ locker room. Replays showed very little in terms of when the injury occurred, but it’s assumed that either a slight hitch during Jennings’ initial cut or the impact of his left knee with the ground created the sprain.

Immediately following the injury, several media outlets speculated that Jennings had torn his MCL and could potentially be done for the season. Based on the timeline of 2-to-3 weeks, it’s safe to say that Jennings has somewhere between a Grade I and II tear of his MCL. No surgery is required for the injury and Jennings can begin rehab once the swelling subsides.

Jennings leads the Packers with 67 catches and is second on the team with 949 yards and nine touchdowns. With their No. 1 receiver on the shelf, other receivers will need to step into a bigger role.

“Greg is a big weapon for us and will be missed,” McCarthy said. “But we feel that we have enough moving forward until he returns.”

In other injury news, McCarthy said that left tackle Chad Clifton has a chance to return this season. If he can, he’ll practice next week or the week of the Lions’ game. The Packers continue to push back his return date, so it’s unsure whether or not that’s really the case.