Going to start this out on a positive not and just go downhill from there. Former Badger and Wisconsin native Vince Biegel is back at practice. The rookie hasn’t practiced since foot surgery in May. He hasn’t been removed from the PUP list yet, but the fact he is practicing is a good sign that he will be soon.
By the end of that Vikings game, the secondary was one of the many units in utter shambles. The Packers lost Quinten Rollins for the year with an Achilles injury. There were a total of five members of the secondary on Thursday’s injury report. We know Kevin King (concussion) and Morgan Burnett (hamstring) were unable to play last Sunday. Well the prognosis for King looks good. He practiced in full on Thursday and should be good to go for Sunday. Morgan Burnett did not participate on Thursday, and his status for Sunday doesn’t look good. Davon House (quad), Lenzy Pipkins (concussion), and Damarious Randall (hamstring) were all limited participants. The Packers will need as many healthy bodies in the secondary this week. The Saints high powered offense will be an enormous challenge for the short handed Packers.
When the game finally ended Sunday, the Packers were down both starting tackles (shocking I know) and one of their guards. Bulaga (concussion) and Bakhtiari (hamstring) were both limited participants on Thursday. There is a chance those two are game time decisions as they’ve seemingly been all season. Lane Taylor (ankle) was the third member of the starting line to leave the game. He did not practice on Thursday, and his status for Sunday isn’t as promising.
Like the last several weeks, three linebackers are on the injury report. Ahmad Brooks (back), Nick Perry (hand/knee), and Joe Thomas (ankle) are the same three that have been on this for about the last month. Brooks and Thomas didn’t play last week and neither of them practiced on Thursday. Unless things change on Friday, we can expect them to miss the Saints game too. Nick Perry has had the hand injury for a while now, but now he’s got a knee issue. He was a limited participant on Thursday, but that is a common theme with him. If the Packers don’t have Brooks, then it will be even more important Perry plays. They’ll need a consistent pass rush to try and slow down Drew Brees.
Ty Montgomery was on the injury report with his same rib issue. He was a full participant on Thursday. Considering he played at Minnesota last week, I think we can expect him to play this week as well.
It is obviously going to be challenging for the Packers to win without Aaron Rodgers. It may be even tougher for Brett Hundley to win if he is without 3/5 of his starting offensive line. Last week was not an ideal situation for Hundley. Being thrown into a game on the road against a top defense is not an ideal situation. I am not overly optimistic, but let’s see what Hundley can do with a full weeks reps as the starter. The Packers are most likely going to have to score over 30 to win this game. I am not sure they will be able to do that.