Two days in, and the Green Bay Packers are down three receivers.
Here we go again?
The Packers certainly hope not. Fans and officials alike are hoping the streak of injuries that has befallen the team in recent years is behind them. Early on in training camp, the Packers are already dealing with a number of players physically unable to perform, including Derek Sherrod, Mike Neal, Jerel Worthy, DuJuan Harris and others, and they are now faced with a depleted wide receiver corps.
Fortunately, none of the receivers currently out of action are expected starters: seventh-round draft picks Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey and rookie free agent Sederrick Cunningham.
Johnson injured his knee on Saturday when he reached back for an underthrown pass from Graham Harrell. After remaining down on the field for a significant period of time, Johnson was able to walk off the field. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has yet to announce the severity of his injury.
Fellow seventh-round pick Dorsey appears to have injured a hamstring after catching a pass over the middle during practice. McCarthy said that both players are still being evaluated at this time.
Cunningham’s status is a little better known, although the nature of his injury itself is puzzling to team doctors. Cunningham sustained his injury reaching out for a deep pass. He did not return to practice on Saturday after undergoing surgery to repair the damage on Friday afternoon. Presumably, he will be out for some length of time.
For three players with outside shots of making the team going in, this is extremely frustrating news for each. There are legitimate openings on the Packers’ roster after the “big three” of Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones. Just last season, young receivers Tory Gurley and Diondre Borel were thought to have inside tracks to make the team as fifth or sixth receivers. Both sustained injuries that limited their availability and were surpassed by Jarrett Boykin.