Last Sunday’s win over the Bengals wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the word. It was a mess at offensive tackle yet again, and the defense was definitely missing Nick Perry and Mike Daniels. The Packers lost two players to injured reserve, long snapper Brett Goode and backup offensive lineman Kyle Murphy. The Packers added offensive tackle Ulrick John to replace Kyle Murphy (https://twitter.com/packers/status/912731969959661569), and added long snapper Taybor Pepper to place Brett Goode (https://twitter.com/packers/status/912421418868133888). The Packers depth at offensive line is taking a hit with Jason Spriggs, Don Barclay, and now Kyle Murphy on IR. Playing on Thursday Night Football this week won’t do the Packers any favors. Their injury report came out this afternoon, and it wasn’t quite all doom and gloom. It’s down from 13 to 10 this week!
Aaron Rodgers was sacked six times against the Bengals, and the Packers are facing another tough defensive front this Thursday in the Bears. Both starting tackles were listed as limited participants at Tuesday’s practice. Obviously this is hard to get a gauge of with it being an abnormal week. The Packers want both of them back, but getting back just David Bakhtiari or Bryan Bulaga would be huge in itself. Missing both of them again would really hurt. The silver lining of having a Thursday night game is it will give the team a “mini bye” going into their next game at Dallas.
Two important skill position players were on the injury report. WR Randall Cobb was hurt late in the Falcons game with a chest injury and was unable to go last Sunday. He was listed as a full participant at Tuesday’s practice and should be good to go on Thursday. The other player is Ty Montgomery. He is listed with a wrist injury but was a full participant Tuesday, so it’s probably nothing to worry about.
Not having your best two defensive players is never a recipe for success, but the Packers overcame that on Sunday. The Packers didn’t have both Mike Daniels and Nick Perry last week, but it looks like they’ll get at least one of them back. Nick Perry was listed as a full participant and according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky; he had a club on his surgically repaired hand. Mike Daniels returned to practice today, but was limited. Wednesday’s practice will be very telling if 76 can play or not. The Bears are a very heavy run first offense; the run defense is obviously much better with Daniels.
Mike Daniels wasn’t the only defensive lineman that showed up on the injury report Tuesday; newcomer Quinton Dial was a full participant with a chest injury. Dial hasn’t had much impact since joining the Packers, but is still important as far as the defensive line rotation goes, especially with a matchup against a run heavy team coming up.
Nick Perry isn’t the only linebacker the Packers will most likely get back, ILB Jake Ryan was a full participant at Tuesdays practice after missing last weeks game with both a concussion and a hamstring injury. One would figure the Packers will load the box to stop the run and make Glennon beat them. Having Ryan back would be a big boost to the run defensive too.
It looks like the only player that for sure won’t go on Thursday night is cornerback Devon House. Of the 10 players on the injury report, he was the only one that did not participate in practice. House is still battling a quad injury he suffered in Atlanta. Look for Kevin King’s role on the defense continue to grow. It will be nice when the Packers can have both King and House on the outside. Safety, Kentrall Brice, is the other member of the secondary who was on the injury report. Brice was a full participant at practice after suffering a groin injury in Atlanta causing him to miss last week’s game. We can expect Brice to be out there on Thursday.
No one likes Thursday Night Football except apparently Roger Goodell. It makes it a lot harder for those questionable players to play because they are missing out on three extra days of healing. Like I said before, the only good thing about a Thursday game is that they wont have to play again for about a week and a half. Hopefully if some of these guys can’t go on Thursday, that week and half between games will help them get healthy.