The Green Bay Packers have become synonymous with injuries and according to head coach Mike McCarthy, he’s only had two healthy seasons since coming to Green Bay in 2006. In both of those seasons (2007 & 2011), the Packers had extreme success during the regular season and made the postseason. In 2007, they reached and hosted the NFC Championship game.
It goes without saying that teams who win deep into January generally also enjoy good fortunes when it comes to the availability of their players. Ironically, the Packers are one example that bucks that theory, as they won the Super Bowl after the 2010 season with 14 players on injured reserve (IR).
In 2011, the Packers had six total players on IR, only four of which were regular contributors. In 2012, the Packers finished the season with 13 players on IR and last year, they had a whopping 16 players land on IR by season’s end. That doesn’t include games missed by guys who didn’t miss the whole season or land on IR and those are aplenty in Green Bay as well.
It’s a wonder that the Packers have been able to sustain the success that they have with these unfortunate mishaps constantly occurring.
This year, the team decided to take a different approach and got technology involved. They have been using a company called Catapult Sports, based out of Australia, to help them study and monitor player injuries. Some of that technology involves GPS among other methods of measuring player exertion and fatigue.
In the short amount of time that the team has been back and practicing in a more physical environment, they have managed to avoid any major injuries. As of Thursday and after that camp practice session, the Packers had no players left on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Linebacker Nick Perry, who had not participated in any offseason work, was the last and final player on the list who was cleared to return to the field. The Packers have yet to see any work from defensive linemen Letroy Guion or Jerel Worthy, but neither are on PUP at this point.
Preseason games begin on August 9th and that is typically the time when most injuries tend to take place before the season starts. That’s where we will see if the Packers are truly on a better path with regards to player health. So far, signs are pointing in the right direction and if they can keep most of their current players available, this year’s team stands to benefit greatly in the win/loss column.
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: