Guess that not only sums up Barnett's frame of mind today but that of many if not most Packer fans regarding not only the loss of Barnett but the entire injury situation with the Pack. Lost for the season, of course, are RB Ryan Grant, S Morgan Burnett, S Derrick Martin, and DE Justin Harrell. The jury is still out on TE Jermichael Finley, but given that he will be out perhaps 8 weeks at least, the Packers might just decide to shut him down for the season, as well, to open up a roster spot in a roster that has quickly been depleted only about a third of the way into the NFL season.
Here's a quick look -- unofficial -- at the Pack's injury status:
|LB Nick Barnett||Wrist||Out for Season|
|RB Ryan Grant||Ankle||Out for Season|
|DE Justin Harrell||Knee||Out for Season|
|S Derrick Martin||Knee||Out for Season|
|S Morgan Burnett||Knee||Out for Season|
|S Atari Bigby||Knee||PUP List - eligible after Game 6|
|CB Al Harris||Knee||PUP List - eligible after Game 6|
|TE Jermichael Finley||Knee||Likely Out for Season|
|RT Mark Tauscher||Shoulder||Likely out for Sunday, Week to Week|
|LB Brandon Chillar||Shoulder||Has missed 2 games, may play Sunday|
|CB Sam Shields||Calf||Has missed 2 games, may play Sunday|
|TE Donald Lee||Chest Sprain||Likely out for 1-2 games|
|LB Clay Matthews||Hamstring||Likely to miss Sunday's game|
|DL Ryan Pickett||Ankle||Questionable for Sunday|
|QB Aaron Rodgers||Concussion||Probable for Sunday pending tests|
|WR Donald Driver||Quad||Probable|
|LT Chad Clifton||Knee||Probable|
|S Nick Collins||Knee||Probable|
|DL Cullen Jenkins||Hamstring/Hand||Probable|
|FB Quinn Johnson||Glute||Probable|
|DE Mike Neal||Shoulder||Questionable|
|CB Charles Woodson||Toe||Probable|
Obviously, the plethora (look it up!) of injuries which have hit the Packers will not only impact this Sunday's game against the Fish, but the remainder of the season. Whether or not the young and untested players can rise to the occasion will determine to a great extent whether or not the Pack will make the playoffs. Two-thirds of the season remains. But the bye week is still a month off. The coaching staff will have to be very wise as to who, how and when they utilize the members of the roster. Special teams coach Shawn Slocum is having to scramble to fill spots on his squads because a number of those regulars are now being called upon to fill more pressing spots on offense and defense. So a weak spot on the team has become even weaker. Oh boy...
All together now...Let us pray...
Packers re-sign DE Mike Montgomery
To fill Barnett's roster spot, the Packers wasted little time re-signing DE Mike Montgomery who was a sixth round draft choice by the Pack in the 2005 NFL Draft. He played in 56 games with eight starts during his five seasons with the team. He had signed with the ViQueens in March but was released on their final roster cutdown. He'll be wearing number 99. With rookie DE Mike Neal possibly out Sunday, and Ryan Pickett having a sore ankle, being able to plug Montgomery in immediately with a system he knows is a good re-signing by GM Ted Thompson.