The Green Bay Packers have stated that nine players will be ruled out for Thursday’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. That does not include tight end D.J. Williams who missed practice with an ankle injury and tight end DeMarco Cosby who did not suit up today due to a sore hamstring.
Green Bay has never had this many injuries this early during the time Mike McCarthy has been the head coach of the team. It is certainly something a franchise that has their hopes set high on bringing home another Lombardi Trophy does not want to endure.
“I don’t know what’s going on, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said McCarthy. “I’ve never dealt with numbers like this before, just the number of players missing practice.”
The Packers were forced to shut down practice early last week after 21 players missed the Aug. 11 practice and 19 players missed the next day. The good news is the list is getting smaller but it is still frustrating to see so many quality players hurt.
It appears Williams was held out of practice today as more of a precautionary, which means there is a good chance he will be available for Thursday’s game.
“We’ll all be back out there,” said Williams. “It’s good having a full good group of guys out there to feed off each other, learn from each other and push each other. We just have a good group of guys, you’d think with eight guys in our room there would be a lot of hostility with making roster spots, but everyone is very helpful towards each other.”
The team is not quite as confident the same could be said for Crosby about his status against the Bengals but there have not been any official rulings yet. Cosby was one of two tight ends who have not missed practice up to this point, with the other being Tom Crabtree.
Here is a list of the nine players rule out for Thursday’s game against Cincinnati:
RB Du’ane Bennett – knee
LB Desmond Bishop – hamstring
OT Andrew Datko – concussion
OG Ray Dominguez – ankle
FB Jon Hoese – hamstring
CB Davon House – shoulder
RB Brandon Saine – hamstring
WR Shaky Smithson – ankle
RB James Starks – turf toe