Lets start out with a rookie that’s been on the report every week so far. Rookie third round pick, Montravious Adams, has been out since early training camp due to foot surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot. His days on this list might be coming to an end as the official Packers injury report had him as a full participant during Wednesday’s practice. This is significant, especially if Mike Daniels can’t play. Daniels was unable to practice with a hip injury that he aggravated in the first quarter of last Sunday’s game. According to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport, the Packers brought back Ricky Jean Francois on Wednesday, whom they cut after the Seahawks game (https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/910612539448446976). This could be a sign that Mike Daniels may miss some time. That makes the addition of Francois and Adams getting healthy, all that more important. It is going to take more than one body to fill the void of Mike Daniels.
Last week, not long before kickoff, we learned the Packers would be without both starting tackles Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari. The initial injury report had some good news and some bad news regarding these two players. Bryan Bulaga was a full participant after not practicing since week two of the preseason with an ankle injury, while Bakhtiari did not practice with a hamstring injury. The fact Bryan Bulaga was a full participant is a good indication that he should go on Sunday. We will know more after Thursdays practice regarding Bakhtiari. It is also worth noting Mike McCarthy said last week that backup tackle Jason Spriggs would be out a couple weeks, so we know we won’t see him in place of Bakhtiari.
Another player we knew wouldn’t be available for last Sunday’s game before kickoff was linebacker, Ahmad Brooks. Brooks wasn’t able to play due to a concussion he suffered against the Seahawks in week one. Brooks was a full participant today, which is a good indicator that he is no longer suffering any concussion symptoms. This is even more important because we also learned Nick Perry has a hand injury and was unable to practice. We will learn the severity of Perry’s hand injury as the week goes on, but if for some reason he is unable to play, a healthy Ahmad Brooks will help fill the void.
There were three linebackers in total on the injury report. Brooks and Perry were already mentioned; the third is ILB Jake Ryan. Ryan did not practice on Wednesday because of both a concussion and a hamstring injury. As we all know concussions are tricky and every player recovers at their own pace. If Jake can’t play on Sunday, it will likely be Joe Thomas playing ILB next to Blake Martinez. The injuries to the ILB’s and Kentrell Brice may impact how often the Packers can use their nitro package.
Kentrell Brice left last Sunday’s game with a groin injury and was unable to return. He was unable to practice on Wednesday. If Brice is unable to go Sunday, we will see how much the Packers use their nitro defense. Look for promising rookie Josh Jones to see more time if this groin injury keeps Brice out.
The wide receiver position took a big hit during last Sunday’s loss at Atlanta. Jordy Nelson left the game in the first quarter with a quad injury, and Randall Cobb left the game in the second half with a chest injury. In his Monday press conference, Coach McCarthy didn’t have the specifics of the injuries, but he seemed confident that neither of them were significant. Wednesday’s injury report had Jordy as a full participant, which was a pleasant surprise after seeing many reports saying he was 50-50 to play Sunday. The fact he was a full participant on Wednesday makes me think he will be out there on Sunday at 3:25. The same cannot be said about Randall Cobb however. He did not participate on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be very telling as to if 18 plays on Sunday. If he cant go, look for Geronimo Allison’s snaps to increase, as was the case on Sunday when Cobb and Nelson went out.
Veteran cornerback Davon House left last Sunday’s game in the second half with a quad injury and was unable to return. He downplayed the significance of the injury, but the fact he didn’t practice at all on Wednesday raises some concern on his status for Sunday.
The final player on the injury report is starting guard, Jahrai Evans. Evans left the game on Sunday with a groin injury, but was able to return on the next series. The fact that he was able to return to the game and he was full participant at practice on Wednesday gives you the impression that he will go on Sunday. The Packers cannot afford to have any more of their starting offensive line miss time.
The Packers are dealing with major injury issues right now and having to turn around and play next Thursday again isn’t going to help those injuries. They can’t think they can just show up and beat Cincinnati. If the Packers can get through Sunday and next Thursday relatively healthy, they will have a mini bye so to speak after that.
UPDATE (9/21/17): NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Packers LB Nick Perry will need surgery to repair his injured hand. Its very unlikely he plays this week, but Rapoport says he is expected back shortly (https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/910890558301843457). We can expect a combination of Ahmad Brooks and Kyler Fackrell to try and fill the void until Perry is able to return.