The Packers will begin the 2017 season relatively healthy for what seems to be the first time in a long time. They have some bumps and bruises, but every team has those. What is significant is there are no major injuries coming out of camp this year. With a tough week one matchup with Seattle on Sunday afternoon, the Packers will need everybody as healthy as possible.
The Packers did have one key starter not practicing on Monday. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga suffered an ankle injury in practice on August 23rd before the preseason game in Denver. The Seahawks have possibly the best defense that the Packers will face all season, and they’ll need a healthy Bulaga to help slow down the pass rush. Coach McCarthy spoke before Wednesdays practice (http://www.packers.com/media-center/videos/McCarthy-Theres-nothing-like-opening-day/69024074-70d8-47c3-b7b4-7cfbe61d6254) and said Bulaga would go through the early portions of practice then will be evaluated. If Bulaga can’t go, last years 6th round pick Kyle Murphy would likely start at right tackle.
This will probably come as shock to no one, but Clay Matthews has been dealing with an injury since he left the preseason game in Denver. We weren’t sure what the mystery injury was at first, but Rob Demovsky reported it was his groin. Matthews was able to practice Monday but it is something to monitor. Knowing Clay’s history with soft tissue and muscle injuries, it is definitely concerning. The biggest weakness of the Seahawks is their offensive line; the Packers will need a healthy Clay Matthews to get after Russell Wilson.
A pleasant surprise to see practicing was rookie third round pick Montravious Adams. Adams had surgery on his foot in late July after suffering a stress fracture. It was originally reported that he would miss about six weeks. There was a lot of speculation that Adams would start the season on the PUP list and be brought back for the second half. After all of the roster moves last weekend and the beginning of this week, Adams remained on the active roster. The fact that he is back a practice is a good sign. The more healthy bodies to rotate on the defensive line, the better.
Someone that we won’t see for a while is former Badger Vince Biegel. The rookie fourth round pick will miss at least the first six weeks of the season after offseason foot surgery. The signing of free agent Ahmad Brooks will allow the Packers to be more patient with Biegel.
Another name you will most likely see on the Packers official injury report and not on the field Sunday is Geronimo Allison. Allison suffered a concussion in the preseason finale against the LA Rams. Even if he has fully recovered from his concussion, the one game suspension he received for marijuana possession will keep him off the field.
A name that has been thrown around a lot this summer due to an impressive camp is Kentrell Brice. Brice suffered a shoulder injury in last Thursday’s preseason finale with the Rams. According to Rob Demovsky, he was at Monday’s practice and didn’t seem limited.
The Packers have added an unusual number of quality veterans from other teams this year, maybe that depth will allow them to navigate though injuries better than previous years.