After Tuesday’s practice, head coach Mike McCarthy answered many questions about the health of several key players. The list was long.
The big news about starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga potentially missing the entire 2013 season due to a mysterious knee injury sustained in Saturday’s Family Night scrimmage has dominated Packers-related chatter. Although the odds may be long against it, Bulaga is seeking a second opinion on his injury in the hopes that he might still be able to salvage the upcoming season.
On the heels of that comes today’s announcement that starting wide receiver Jordy Nelson underwent a procedure on Monday for an undisclosed knee injury and will miss the entire preseason. McCarthy is hopeful that Nelson can return in time for Week 1 of the regular season.
Also missing practice is former starting running back Alex Green, whose knee “flared up on him yesterday.” McCarthy added that “It’s something he will have to fight through.” There is no further word on if/when Green will become available again.
If that weren’t enough, first-round draft pick defensive end Datone Jones was also a no-show due to illness. Defensive tackle Johnny Jolly did not make it through today’s practice due to cramps. Randall Cobb is dealing with a bicep issue.
The absence of these noteworthy players are only the most recent Packers to drop out of training camp due to injury and illnesses.
In addition to the players already listed, the Packers are still missing the following: Kevin Dorsey, Charles Johnson, DuJuan Harris, Sean Richardson, Casey Hayward, Tramon Williams, J.C. Tretter, Derek Sherrod, Andrew Quarless, Ryan Taylor (week-to-week due to an injury sustained during Family Night), Mike Neal and Jerel Worthy.
First-round draft picks in particular are not faring well for Green Bay. With Jones (2013), Sherrod (2011) and Bulaga (2010) out of action, the only recent Packers first-round draft pick currently available is linebacker Nick Perry (2012), who is himself recovering from a season-ending wrist injury. Packers followers should prepare themselves for seeing a lot of unfamiliar players take the field against the Cardinals on Friday.