Despite a healthy four-game winning streak to enter the bye, the Green Bay Packers still have a laundry list of injuries to worry themselves with as the much-needed week off arrives.
Head coach Mike McCarthy certainly didn’t offer any reprieve during his Monday press conference.
According to McCarthy, linebacker Clay Matthews may need “a couple of weeks” with a hamstring injury, right tackle Bryan Bulaga will likely see a hip specialist and linebacker Nick Perry is getting a second opinion on his recovering knee.
The only positive injury news came on receiver Jordy Nelson, who McCarthy said sprained his ankle Sunday but should be “OK.”
Matthews has struggled with hamstring injuries in the past, most notably during his rookie season in 2009 and for a stint during the middle of the 2010 season.
McCarthy was clear that the injury was more about an awkward positioning of Matthews during an attempted sack in the second half than another flare up of a previous injury. He also said that Matthews doesn’t feel this specific injury is as bad as those in the past.
However, the timeline of a few weeks may put Matthews in danger of missing a game or two coming out of the bye week. The Packers play at Detroit on Nov. 18.
The news was even more ominous regarding Bulaga, who left during the first half Sunday with a hip injury. While McCarthy never specifically said his starting right tackle would visit a specialist, one could assume that’s what he meant when he discussed the Packers’ interest in gathering more information and opinions on the injury. There’s certainly concern about the injury moving forward.
The hits kept coming.
For Perry, who hasn’t played since a win over the Houston Texans in Week 6, seeking a second opinion can only mean a set back in his recovery. The Packers have been very quiet about Perry’s knee injury throughout the process, but this is the clearest sign yet that his recovery is swaying from their original timeline.
No updates on timelines were given on Charles Woodson (clavicle), Greg Jennings (groin) or Sam Shields (shin). McCarthy does expect fullback John Kuhn back for Week 10.
McCarthy gave a simple truth about the injury status of his football team, even after the week off.
“We won’t be totally healthy in two weeks,” McCarthy said. “That’s the reality of it.”