The Packers three usual suspects are on the injury report at the linebacker position. Nick Perry was a limited participant with a foot injury. Ahmad Brooks, still dealing with that back issue, was limited as well. Clay Matthews did not play against the Steelers last week with a groin injury. He was also limited on Thursday. Odds are that Brooks and Perry will go, still unsure about Clay. There has been a lot of criticism of the Packers defensive backs and some of it is warranted. The Packers pass rush has been dreadful and that certainly doesn’t help the DB’s. A better pass rush will obviously make the defense better as a whole and that starts with the three guys mentioned above.
Speaking of defensive backs, three important members of the Packers secondary found their way onto Thursday’s injury report. Rookie, Kevin King, has been struggling with a shoulder injury that we saw give him some trouble last week and wasn’t able to participate in Thursday’s practice. That doesn’t bode well for him playing this week. Damarious Randall is also on the list with a knee injury and was a limited participant. Randall has played better since being benched against Chicago in week 4. Not having both King and Randall doesn’t sound like a recipe for success, especially when one of the best wide outs in the league in Mike Evans comes to town. Morgan Burnett was listed with a groin issue, but he was a full participant and should be good to go on Sunday.
Two members of the defensive line found themselves on the injury report. Second year player Kenny Clark was having a nice year before he hurt his ankle. He was a limited participant on Thursday. Clark has been very good against the run in particular this year. Quinton Dial is still dealing with a chest issue that has given him some trouble in recent weeks. He was a limited participant on Thursday.
Jamaal Williams had a big game last Sunday, but the Packers will need their other two running backs going forward. Rookie Aaron Jones (knee) was back at practice this week on a limited basis. Jones was putting together a nice 3-4 game stretch before suffering that knee injury. Ty Montgomery is still dealing with that same rib issue that’s been plaguing him almost all year. He hasn’t participated this week in practice and probably won’t go on Sunday. It could be the Jamaal Williams show again on Sunday.
At 5-6, the Packers have a great shot at getting back to the 500 mark. Next week they travel to winless Cleveland. There’s a realistic chance the Packers could be 7-6 when Aaron Rodgers is eligible to come off IR. Obviously if the Packers don’t take care of business at home against the Buccaneers, none of that will matter.