Thursday, September 20, 2007

Injuries so soon

One of the things that concerns Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy -- and should concern Packers fans, too -- is the number of injuries so early in the season. Obviously, it's a part of football. But to have so many starters sitting out or being limited in practice, and so many other players on injured reserve...not so good.

Among the 15 players on Wednesday's injury report are: tight end Bubba Franks (knee), receiver Greg Jennings (hamstring), cornerbacks Al Harris (back) and Charles Woodson (hip), defensive tackle Corey Williams (ankle), tackle Chad Clifton (ankle), defensive end Cullen Jenkins (wrist), defensive tackle Johnny Jolly (heel), defensive end Aaron Kampman (rib), tackle Tony Moll (neck), running back Vernand Morency (knee), safety Aaron Rouse (hamstring) and guard Jason Spitz (calf). At this point, all are still possible for Sunday's game but that could change, of course.

There are also eight players on injured reserve and it could become nine, as reserve guard Tony Palmer had what they are calling a "minor" fracture in his neck while playing special teams on Sunday. He's out at least 6-8 weeks...which means the Pack may just place him on IR to free up a roster space for someone who can contribute now.