Cornerback is the biggest issue on this week’s injury report. Rookie Kevin King’s season came to an end as the Packers placed him on IR. With King being placed on IR, the Packers activated Demetri Goodson to take his place. Now the issue with that is that Goodson (hamstring) wasn’t able to participate in practice. Davon House is dealing with a shoulder injury, and was also unable to practice. The Packers are extremely thin at corner and will have a huge challenge ahead of them this Sunday in Josh Gordon.
There are several linebackers who find themselves on this week’s injury report and not one of them is Clay Matthews. Ahmad Brooks is still dealing with that nagging back issue, but was a full participant in Thursday’s practice. Nick Perry and Jake Ryan were listed with multiple injuries. Perry is dealing with foot and shoulder issues and DNP in Thursday’s practice, and it’s an illness and a neck injury for Jake Ryan but he was able to practice in full. The Packers pass rush has been producing as of late and will need Perry out there to hopefully force Browns rookie QB Deshone Kizer into a few mistakes.
More defensive injures, just what the Packers need. Kenny Clark has had a very nice second season. He was a full participant in practice and should be good to go. The Browns will lean on Isaiah Crowell to take some pressure off of Kizer, and Kenny Clark is more effective against the run. Fellow DT Quinton Dial is dealing with a chest and knee injury. He was unable to practice.
Before the season started, we all saw a game against Cleveland and chalked it up as win. Well unfortunately we say do that anymore. While I expect the Packers to leave Cleveland 7-6, it would not surprise me if they gave the Browns their first win of the season. A win this Sunday sets up a huge game that could go a long way in deciding the NFC Wildcard. First things first, the Pack need to care of business in Cleveland.