Speaking of King and Burnett, they were two of three members of the secondary that appeared on the injury report. Kevin King left Sunday’s game with a concussion and Morgan Burnett left with, you guessed it, a hamstring. Neither of those players participated in Wednesdays practice. The third defensive back on the injury report was Davon House with the quadriceps injury that he’s been dealing with the last couple weeks. He was able to play the entire game on Sunday, so it is safe to say his limited participation status on Wednesday isn’t anything to be concerned with. I know the Vikings quarterback situation is a mess, but the Packers defense doesn’t have the depth to be missing several key contributors at the same time.
Like last week, the same three linebackers are on the injury report with the same injuries. Ahmad Brooks did not practice (back) and Nick Perry (hand) was a limited participant. Going by what we saw last week, I am fairly confident that both of these guys will play. The Vikings have been known to give up sacks and having both Perry and Brooks playing will keep the pressure on the Vikings offensive line. The third linebacker on the list is ILB Joe Thomas. Thomas missed last Sunday’s game with an ankle injury and did not participate during Wednesdays practice. Neither of those things bode well for him playing the Vikings this week.
We are preparing for week 6 of the NFL season already, and the Packers are yet to have both starting offensive tackles on the field together. I’ve been doing this injury report weekly all season now, and I still have no idea what to make of the tackle situation. Like last Wednesday, both were limited participants in practice and only Bulaga (ankle) played. One would assume he will be out there again this Sunday. As far a Bakhtiari and his hamstring injury goes, your guess is as good as mine. Lane Taylor has done a respectable job sliding over and filling in for Bakhtiari, but Everson Griffen will be one of the toughest challenges the Packers have faced yet. I would feel a lot better if 69 was out there blocking him.
Two offensive skill position players were on the Wednesday injury report. Ty Montgomery with his broken ribs, and Jordy’s mystery injury that kept him off of the field for the game winning drive last Sunday was a back injury. Ty practicing is nothing new as we saw him practicing last week prior to Dallas. He was a full participant on Wednesday, but with the emergence of Aaron Jones, do the Packers need to rush him back? If he indeed does play this week, it will be interesting to see how McCarthy uses both of them. The Vikings strength is their defense, so having multiple different looks to throw at them can’t hurt. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Jordy Nelson has a minor back injury and expects to play Sunday (http://www.espn.com/blog/green-bay-packers/post/_/id/41383/jordy-nelson-has-a-minor-back-injury-ty-montgomery-back-to-full-practice). The Vikings have a terrific corner in Xavier Rhodes, but behind him a lot of question marks. Having Jordy out there will draw more attention from Rhodes to free up Davante Adams or vice versa. Obviously having 87 out there is a good thing.
The Packers sit at 4-1 though five despite dealing with a significant amount of injuries. If the Packers can get even a little closer to full strength, one would have to think the best is still yet to come. A road win at Minnesota this Sunday would keep them in the drivers seat to win the NFC North.