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ESPN: Assessing the Green Bay Packers’ future

October 14, 2010 by  
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Oct 14, 2010 ~ by Kevin Seifert, ESPN

~On Wednesday, the Packers practiced without nine prominent players, all of whom began the season healthy but are now sidelined by injuries. As you can see in the chart at the bottom of the post, the list includes some of the biggest names on their roster. Two others, cornerback Al Harris and safety Atari Bigby, are on the physically unable to perform list.

Many of us tapped the Packers as preseason NFC North favorites. Should we plug our ears and sing “La, la, la, la, la, I can’t hear you?” Or is it time to recalibrate our division reckoning?

In other words: Are the Packers cooked?

Linebacker Nick Barnett had wrist surgery Wednesday and may be lost for the season.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, coach Mike McCarthy did his best to put a positive spin on what, objectively speaking, is a personnel catastrophe. Independent of X’s and O’s, the psychological hammer of the long-term injuries to Finley, linebacker Nick Barnett and tailback Ryan Grant — not to mention short-term ailments of linebacker Clay Matthews and quarterback Aaron Rodgers — could be devastating.

“There is no ‘woe is me’ here,” McCarthy insisted. “This is the National Football League. It’s a dynamic business. … I like where we are at as a team. I think this is an excellent opportunity for us to show what we are about. I know there is probably doubt outside the room. … So we’ll be ready to go Sunday, I can promise you that.”

Already, the Packers (3-2) are in essence two games behind the division-leading Chicago Bears (4-1) by virtue of their 20-17 loss at Soldier Field last month. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings provided a glimpse of what they could become during their Monday night loss to the New York Jets. Even the 1-4 Detroit Lions have new life after a 38-point shellacking of the St. Louis Rams and looming home games against all three NFC North foes.

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A rundown of the significant injuries in Green Bay already this season:

Player Injury Comments
LB Nick Barnett wrist Likely out for season
S Atari Bigby ankle On PUP list
S Morgan Burnett knee Out for season
LB Brandon Chillar shoulder Has missed two weeks
TE Jermichael Finley knee Likely out for season
DL Justin Harrell knee Out for season
CB Al Harris knee On PUP list
TE Donald Lee chest sprain Likely to miss a game or more
RB Ryan Grant ankle Out for season
S Derrick Martin knee Out for season
LB Clay Matthews hamstring Sunday status uncertain
DL Ryan Pickett ankle Sunday status uncertain
QB Aaron Rodgers concussion Sunday status uncertain
CB Sam Shields calf Has missed two games
RT Mark Tauscher shoulder In midst of 2-4 week absence

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