An article at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by reporter Lori Nickel attempts to take a look at the hamstring injuries that have impacted the Green Bay Packers early this season. “One could argue that the Packers’ most formidable foe this year has not been the 49ers, the Redskins or the Bengals,” writes Nickel. “It’s been injuries, specifically nagging hamstring pulls. Eight Packers have been sidelined already this year, costing them collectively 41 practices (or preseason games) and seven regular-season games.” Trainer Bradley Arnett, who works with NFL athletes, gives his understanding of the hamstring muscle in a general sense, but as expected, the article isn’t able to pinpoint any one particular reason or issue hamstring injuries have seemingly become an epidemic in Green Bay.
More on the hamstring injuries comes from JSOnline.
Running back Eddie Lacy answered in the affirmative when asked if he’d be back after the bye. “Yeah,” Lacy is quoted is saying by Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Since I wasn’t cleared, I had no intention of playing, but I have a bye week to still get right. When I get back, we’ll see where I go from there.” Lacy missed this past Sunday’s Week 3 game at Cincinnati with a concussion.
Tight end Ryan Taylor reacted to a shot to the groin he took from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict this past Sunday. “Obviously I think what happened has no place in football, but it happened,” Taylor is quoted as saying by Paul Imig of FoxSportsWisconsin.com. “I don’t blame the ref at all for throwing the flag. I think what was done to me was a little bit harder to see and the retaliation was obviously something that can’t happen. Taylor was flagged for a 15-yard penalty when he retaliated, but referees did not see the original low blow from Burfict.
More from Ryan Taylor comes from PackersNews.com.
The day after the game, head coach Mike McCarthy stuck to his guns and defended his failed fourth-and-1 call from the Bengals game. “It was a solid call,” McCarthy is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com. “There’s a number of things that went into that decision based on the mark. In pregame for the field goal, and the wind, and so forth. I had plenty of time to think about it.” The outcome of the play in question saw rookie running back Johnathan Franklin fumble, and the Bengals return the football for the go-ahead touchdown.
More on Mike McCarthy’s call comes from JSOnline.
Post-game analysis comes from Bob McGinn at the Journal Sentinel, Cliff Christl and Eric Baranczyk at the Press-Gazette, Rob Demovsky at ESPN.com, Bill Huber at Packer Report and Joe Kay of the Associated Press.
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Comments from the Packers coordinators are passed on at FoxSportsWisconsin.com.
A round-up of the Packers injuries appears at Packer Report.
Aaron Rodgers‘ troubles with fourth-quarter comebacks are detailed at ESPN.com.
Former Packer Donald Driver made a public appearance at a children’s literacy event Monday in Milwaukee.
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Brian Carriveau is the author of the book “It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America,” and editor of Cheesehead TV’s “Pro Football Draft Preview.” To contact Brian, email email@example.com.