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Packers CB Casey Hayward Expected to Miss At Least a Month

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Packers CB Casey Hayward Expected to Miss At Least a Month

The same hamstring injury that has kept Casey Hayward on the sidelines for most of August will now cost the Green Bay Packers cornerback at least a month of action to start the 2013 season.

According to Bob McGinn and Ty Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Hayward doesn't expect to play during the season's first month as he recovers from a second strain to the same hamstring. The second-year corner originally hurt the hamstring at some point in July, and then left the Packers third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks after re-aggravating the same injury.

The first pull kept Hayward on the sidelines for the first 25 days of training camp. As expected, the Packers will now be cautious in bringing him back a second time around. Dave Siebert of Bleacher Report highlighted how tricky hamstrings can be to return from earlier this week.

As a rookie in 2012, Hayward intercepted a team-high six passes and finished the season with the best passer rating against (31.1) among qualified cornerbacks in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.

Green Bay takes on San Francisco to open the season Sunday. Games against Washington and Cincinnati—two playoff teams last season—loom during the first three weeks of 2013. The bye week lands in Week 4 before Detroit travels to Green Bay in Week 5.

The Packers will play fifth-round rookie Micah Hyde in the slot during Hayward's absence.

Zach Kruse is a 25-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covered prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at zachkruse2@gmail.com.

Comments (23)

Worldstab's picture

Can't say I'm surprised AT ALL. Now at least we don't have to wonder every week. Should be fine without him.

TommyG's picture

That's fine. Shut him down for this month, which is only three games, and have him ready after the bye. I think Hyde will make a fine stand in for the time being.

RC Packer Fan's picture

agreed.

Nononsense's picture

Yes, last year Jarrett Bush was a starting CB week 1 so they are already doing much better to start this year.

Micah Hyde is every bit as physical as Bush, he may not be as fast but hes much more instinctive and can actually cover people. Did you know Hyde was only credited with 3 completions allowed for 37 yrds through 4 preseason games where he played more than any other player.

I bleed Green More's picture

I will miss Hayward its next man up. These things are getting are getting to be disturbing, we now have 3 that might be out.

Bart's picture

We will survive the first month without Hayward. I have a bigger concern with Burnett actually. Of the three hamstrings (Hayward, Burnett and B. Jones) I think that Burnett will be the most difficult to replace. Our quality depth at safety is marginal to begin with.

mudduckcheesehead's picture

Yeah. I'm much more comfortable seeing Hyde or Francois as a spot starter at their positions than anyone we've got at free safety.

hayward4president's picture

We need to make some moves and get Byrd.....it'd be so nice to have two good safeties. I know I know not gonna happen. But a boy can dream!

Bart's picture

If Burnett misses games we are in dip crap if facing a decent QB. I can't see our current safeties outside of Burnett being anything but disasters against a top tier QB or even a medium tier QB.

Tundraboy's picture

I know hamstring injuries take a looong time to heal. But how come it seems other teams do not have bad news every dam week!!!

Stroh's picture

Cuz you don't follow them.

The TKstinator's picture

EXACTLY!
Thank you.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Yep.

ZeroTolerance's picture

The Packers injury report is minor compared to other teams this week.

Ron Fourett's picture

My guess to these multiple nagging injuries that plague this team is, TT has propensity to draft late rounders and un-drafteds. Frank Zombo was a good example of a guy form a Div IA program who was smallish, injury prone and unable to stay healthy. He did not have the body to take NFL punishment.

In that regards, we have a lot of those types on this team where other teams are avoiding the late rounds and trading up to the second and third if possible.

The Vikes had three number one picks (some via trades of course), a second and a couple of others but most picks were quality people from top Div I programs.

Derek's picture

Another spot on diagnosis by our training/medical staff!

ZeroTolerance's picture

Please.

MarkinMadison's picture

Spoken like a man who has never had a hamstring injury.

al's picture

all the sports writers giving it to 49ers hope packers can stuff that football down their throughts win now much rather be 2 and 1 going in to bye week I just wonder what movie mm shows them the night before the game and after just tell them one thing 49 ers don't respect you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

al's picture

here lets try this the 49 ers haven't turned the ball over a hand full of times last year and wont this game woop gore just fumbled the ball jhonny jolly recover and stumbles into the end zone just my thought I could be wrong mite be nick perry boy I feel so much better now don't you ???????????????????

thehatefulnerd's picture

Does this team even stretch at all?

themasterfake's picture

people who don't stretch dont pull hammies and people that stretch improperly do....-so either proper stretching or no stretching --

MarkinMadison's picture

Or sometimes you stretch the right way, but you go out and push it too far. And then you've got a weak spot. And then you think you're o.k., you do things the right way, and you go out and find out that it is even easier to push it too far because you have that weak spot. And it lingers, where you have that weak spot that can just get re-injured when you don't expect it. And it's like that for even a year or so. And if you are competitive at all, at whatever sport you play, at whatever level you play it at, it is really, really hard, to keep from re-injuring that hamstring, because you always want to be the best that you can be.

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