With Donald Lee out at least "a couple weeks" according to McCarthy with a chest sprain, I'd say we can officially go to threat level orange on my injury warning system. The tight end is just so fundamental to how the Packers play offense, that this is going to force a big change in the play calling. Quarless and Crabtree just can't fill that gap. You could see how uncomfortable Rodgers was with his 3rd and 4th string TEs in the game Sunday.
Nick Barnett also is getting surgery and will most likely be placed on IR as well, though that decision hasn't been made yet either. And Derrick Martin has already made it to the IR list. Clay Matthews did not participate in practice due to his hamstring injury, but the hope is he can go next week. The big question, of course, is whether Aaron Rodgers will be able to clear the NFL's battery of tests and get cleared to play. He is a Cal guy, so, hopefully, his IQ is high enough even post injury that he can clear the brain teaser hurdles.
Right now, this is what Ted Thompson's desk looks like.
|Ted Thompson's Desk|
Ted, in his usual form, seems to have no pokers in the fire at all on the trade front, despite the impending deadline less than a week away. In response to the rash of injuries, the Packers announced the following underwhelming roster moves today:
- Promoted linebacker Robert Francois from the practice squad to the active roster
- Signed safety Michael Greco to the practice squad
- Signed linebacker Mike Rivera to the practice squad