Eagles Game Notes: D-Line Survives Shorthanded : Packers Insider

Eagles Game Notes: D-Line Survives Shorthanded

September 13, 2010 by  
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Sept 13, 2010 ~ by Mike Spofford, Packers.com

~PHILADELPHIA – With Mike Neal injured and C.J. Wilson also inactive on Sunday, the Packers were taking a bit of a chance by starting the game against Philadelphia with just four healthy defensive linemen.

The number didn’t stay four for long.

In the first quarter, defensive end Cullen Jenkins broke his hand when he got caught in an awkward position on a cut block. He went to the locker room to have the hand examined and then taped up with a club-like cast.

Then early in the second quarter, fellow defensive end Justin Harrell went down with a knee injury on special teams. Mason Crosby’s 49-yard field goal was good, but Harrell was not and suddenly the Packers were down to two healthy defensive linemen, then three when Jenkins was able to return.

“It was like 2½,” end Ryan Pickett said, referring to himself, B.J. Raji and a one-handed Jenkins. “I’ve never been part of a game like that. We had to dig down and battle. If one of us was tired we had to fight through it all the time.” 

“That was a nightmare,” Pickett said about having to defend the fleet-footed Vick instead of the pocket-passing Kolb. “We were hoping Kolb came back. I’m not saying he’s not a good quarterback, but he’s not a scrambling quarterback and you hate playing those kind.”

The Packers employed their nickel defense almost the entire game, which only requires two down linemen, so one guy could get a rest on each snap. Which might not have been so bad had Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb not gotten hurt, turning the offense over to the ultra-quick and elusive Michael Vick.  Full story here

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