This has surely been an interesting week for the Green Bay Packers, as far as player-personnel goes. Entering Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, there was already some concern over how well the team’s defense would play without the services of linebacker Clay Matthews, who is expected to miss about a month with a broken thumb.
Missing their top defensive playmaker was enough to create some doubt about how the team would respond and created an outpouring of concern. Surely things couldn’t get worse, could they? But the Packers and their fans should know better by now. The injury bug keeps on biting.
That very bug had already reared its ugly head in Green Bay all the way back in August, taking down several players during training camp. Rookie offensive lineman J.C. Tretter was injured on the first day of training camp in a non-contact drill and he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. It turned out that was just the beginning for the Packers.
Since then, the team has lost a few key starters to season-ending injured reserve in that of offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, running back DuJuan Harris, and linebacker Robert Francois. Along with Tretter, defensive lineman Jerel Worthy and safety Sean Richardson are also on PUP. Their statuses are unknown as they recover from their injuries.