Loss of Donald Driver, Pat Lee to injuries puts double whammy on Green Bay Packers return game : Packers Insider

Loss of Donald Driver, Pat Lee to injuries puts double whammy on Green Bay Packers return game

November 2, 2010 by  
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Nov 1st, 2010 ~ by Kareem Copeland
~GREEN BAY – Win or lose, the injuries continue to mount for the Green Bay Packers.
The team earned a huge victory with a 9-0 triumph over the New York Jets on Sunday, but lost a starting receiver and return man in the process.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that kickoff return man Pat Lee likely will miss Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys and receiver Donald Driver (quadriceps strain) is questionable to practice this week.

Driver has been bothered by the quad injury going on three weeks. He was held without a reception in the wins against the Minnesota Vikings and the Jets after setting a franchise record with a catch in 133 consecutive games.

Donald Driver has been battling a nagging quad injury, and the absence of Double-D has been very evident to the Packers offense. He's the heart & soul of that offense and his contributions and energy often have gone under-appreciated, as was the case with running back Ryan Grant.

“(Driver’s) had actually two separate injuries to his quad,” McCarthy said. “He initially had a quad bruise and then had a quad strain on top of it.

Donald’s a fighter. Just the fact, as I’ve stated before, when he misses practice, it’s very unusual.

“We felt that giving him the time off this week, he’d be able to play in the game. He pushed through it last week but was unable to get through the Jet game (Sunday). We’ll probably take a little more cautious approach with him this week.”

Lee sustained an ankle strain and did not field a kickoff.

The loss of Driver and Lee puts a significant strain on the return game. Jordy Nelson normally would take over on kickoffs, but he will have a larger role in the pass game with Driver out. The Packers run the risk of losing another pass-catcher, with tight end Jermichael Finley out for the season, if Nelson is used as the kickoff returner.

Pat Lee had finally started to make some contribution to the Packers as a return man, but he twisted his ankle and his questionable now. He's done a decent job as a kick returner in place of Jordy Nelson, and now with Driver banged up, Nelson is needed as a wide receiver.

Special teams coach Shawn Slocum said Nelson, running back Dimitri Nance and cornerback Tramon Williams are options.

“(Nance is) a skilled running back, that’s why he’s a tailback,” Slocum said. “I think our return scheme fits his abilities.”

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