Well that certainly didn’t last very long did it? It seems like just yesterday that the boys of From the Benches were discussing that the Packers were finally going through a training camp without a high number of injuries. The thought was that this might finally be the year that the team stays healthy and climbs back towards the 13 win number that would secure it a first round bye. That good fortune turned and turned quickly. Jared Abbrederis, Don Barclay, Colt Lyerla, BJ Raji and JC Tretter have all been lost for significant parts of the season. All five of these players were on my initial 53 man projection.
While I understand that including Colt Lyerla in that projection was partly wishful thinking and might have been a bit of a long shot, the other 4 players were virtual roster locks. 2 of those players were unquestioned starters at the time of their injury. I’m going to take a brief look at all of these injuries, what they mean for this season, what they mean for the big picture and what frame of mind these injuries should put Cheesehead nation in.
Jared Abbrederis- “Abby” tore his ACL in practice before even being able to step on the field in a preseason game. While it was unclear whether or not he was going to win the #5 receiver spot, it was clear that he was the leader for the punt return position. The loss of Abbrederis has more than likely thrust either starting safety Micah Hyde or starting wide receiver Randall Cobb into the punt return position. There is an outside chance that both the 5th receiver spot and the punt return spot can be taken care of by Jeff Janis, but the Saginaw Valley State product is very raw. Read more... (1567 words, 5 images, estimated 6:16 mins reading time)