The Green Bay Packers may single-handedly add to the very small list of certainties in life. So far, and as I recall, it’s only ”death and taxes”. Are we finally at a point where “injuries in Green Bay” can at least be considered for said list?
Back in 2010, the Packers lost 16 players to season-ending injured reserve (IR). The injury bug appeared to subside in 2011 (save for the injury to Nick Collins) when Green Bay went 15-1 during the regular season. In 2012 it was back, claiming more key players such as linebacker Desmond Bishop and tackle Bryan Bulaga.
I thought maybe it was an “even year” thing, but low and behold, 2013 has the Packers turning into a triage unit once again. Before the regular season even began, Bulaga was lost for the year during the first scrimmage of the preseason. Rookie offensive lineman JC Tretter went down during a non-contact drill during the team’s first practice during mini camp. . .in May. He still has not been activated off of the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and his chances of landing on IR increase by the day, at this point.
Those should have been omens for what this season had in store. Since then, the team has seen several players miss time or end up on IR themselves. Prior to Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, Casey Hayward, James Jones, John Kuhn, James Starks, Eddie Lacy, Jermichael Finley, Brad Jones, Jarrett Bush, Ryan Taylor, Greg Van Roten and Andy Mulumba had all missed at least the majority of one game due to injury.