Award #2: Green Bay Packer Most Likely to Spend the Season on IR (excluding Justin Harrell)
(be sure to place your vote in the poll below)
Adam: Finley — I hope I’m wrong, but Finley has battled injures most of his professional career. I just have a bad feeling that he’ll end up back on IR in 2011.
Al: Jarret Bush – I don’t have a real good reason for this pick, other than the fact I’ve been trying to get rid of Bush for two seasons now. Each time, injury circumstances and his good special teams play have been enough to keep him on the team. I think of Bush as a cockroach – unless you 100% squash him for sure, he’ll stick around to continue flailing helplessly at balls over his head in the secondary.
Chad: Unfortunately, I have to give this one to Chad Clifton. I know that he has never ended a season on injured reserve since the vicious 2002 hit by Warren Sapp, but the odds are stacking up against him. Clifton is getting older, and he has missed some playing time in each of his past three seasons due to nagging injuries. Though he claims he is in the best shape of his life, I’m concerned that one of those small injuries will become a big problem.
Kris: Clifton. Great dude but the twilight of his career has arrived and that body can’t take much more punishment.
Thomas: Pat Lee – He has a penchant for getting hurt, and its definitely hurt his development. He’s only been in 16 games over two years, meaning he’s hurt half of the time. That is of course if he manages to make it onto the 53-man roster.
Zach: Clifton: Clifton’s knees looked healthy during the Packers’ six-game win streak to close the season, but how much longer should we expect them to hold out? Clifton will be 36 later this month, and he’s had chronic problems with his lower half. No one wants to see it happen, but I could envision Clifton’s knees going out on him sometime this season.——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.