While Aaron Rodgers injury is obviously on the minds of fans and the teams as they prepare for the playoffs, as the Packers secured a 1st round bye the team will have an extra day off and a different practice schedule, so nothing concrete will really be known until next week. Reports are that Rodgers suffered a fairly significant calf tear/pull and likely will have to play the postseason on a gimpy leg, so how much the Packers change their gameplan and how much Rodgers is capable of doing is unknown.
However before we all start looking to the playoffs it’s a good time to remember just how fortunate the Packers were when it comes to injuries. Ever since the 2010 Super Bowl season, the Packers have had statistically more injuries than basically every other team in the league, especially consistently the last couple years. The 2010 Packers also showed that while injuries can be overcome, more often than not, they will kill even the mot talented teams chances of the playoffs.
At some point the Packers injury rate was going to regress towards the mean and the Packers saw probably their healthiest team since Rodgers became a starter. Perhaps most surprising is that the Packers didn’t lose a single preferred starter to IR over the entire year. Perhaps most significant were an injury to nose tackle BJ Raji, which may or may not have been that significant considering the Packers ultimately choose to get smaller and lighter in the defensive line (neither Ryan Pickett not Johnny Jolly were resigned, even with Raji’s injury)
Next up would have been swing reserve linemen Don Barclay, who likely would have been a great help when Bryan Bulaga was injured, but likely anyone better than Derek Sherrod and JC Tretter would have helped.
The only player who got significant snaps who ultimately landed on IR would be Jamari Lattimore, who did seem to fall out of favor, perhaps due to his injury, before being benched and ultimately sent to IR.
Lastly the Packers were incredibly lucky that Corey Linsley turned out to be a quality starter right from the get go as the Packers placed presumed starter JC Tretter on IR/designated to return during the preseason. I’m fact Linsley played so well that even after Tretter was activated, It was Tretter that stayed on the bench even after he had had a stellar preseason at center.
Overall, the Packers have had their fair share of injuries, this the NFL after all. Rodgers has dealt with leg troubles and both TJ Lang and Josh Sitton have fought through injuries that will likely require surgery after the season. However, Packers fans need to be aware of what a great season the Packers have been lucky to have when it comes to injuries this year and hope that this good luck continues——————
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.