More injuries: Barnett’s Season may be over : Packers Insider

More injuries: Barnett’s Season may be over

October 7, 2010 by  
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Oct 7, 2010 ~ by Tom Silverstein & Greg A Bedard (Tom writes, Greg does the punctuation I think)

~To play 18 or 19 games in the NFL and wind up in the biggest one of them all, you’ve got to have some luck.

The Green Bay Packers, 3-1 and still in the mix for NFC supremacy, might be having theirs run out.

The Packers are limping into a Week 5 meeting at Washington on Sunday with multiple injuries, the worst a potentially season-ending wrist sprain to linebacker Nick Barnett.

Multiple sources said Barnett would need surgery on his right wrist and that if it’s done right away he will miss the rest of the season.

"There is definitely a possibility (he'll be out for the year)," coach Mike McCarthy said. "That's why there is more information being gathered in Nick Barnett's case. He's been here every day getting treatment, and he is going to see another doctor on Friday."

Barnett was able to finish the Detroit game despite suffering the injury, but test results showed there was damage that must be repaired.

Barnett was in the process of getting a second opinion to see whether he could put off the operation and continue playing this year.

“There is definitely a possibility (he’ll be out for the year),” coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s why there is more information being gathered in Nick Barnett’s case. He’s been here every day getting treatment, and he is going to see another doctor on Friday.”

If he’s out for good, this would be the second time in three years that Barnett, 29, would have been felled by injury. In November 2008, he blew out his knee against Minnesota and was replaced by A.J. Hawk.

The loss of Barnett might not be devastating if backup Desmond Bishop can fulfill the potential the coaches have seen in him the last couple of years. Bishop hasn’t fared that well in spot play during the regular season over the past four years, but he has always maintained that if given a chance to play regularly he would be far more effective and less mistake-prone.

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