While it may very well end up being the case that Nick Barnett is lost for the season with a wrist injury, nothing has been etched in stone just yet. "A league source told ESPNWisconsin Wednesday night that while Barnett may in fact be done for the year, no final decision has been made," writes Packers beat reporter Jason Wilde. Barnett told Wilde in a direct message that he'll know more after a second opinion on Friday. Head coach Mike McCarthy said pretty much the same thing during his press conference on Wednesday.
In other injury news, the offensive line was without a couple of starters Wednesday during practice. "Left tackle Chad Clifton was held out because of his normal pattern of rest for his sore knees, but right tackle Mark Tauscher was a surprise addition to the injury report with a shoulder sprain," writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "He was injured while playing special teams on a placekick against the Lions." McCarthy indicated Tauscher was already feeling better than he was on Monday, so while the injuries may not be serious, they continue to be something to watch.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers chalked up his post-game comments about spreading out the offense and getting the best players on the field following the Lions game to frustration. But he had support in the locker room. “Oh, I loved it,” tight end Jermichael Finley is quoted as saying by Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette. “That’s what we need around here, somebody to speak up, and a guy like him to speak up. It was a good thing. I’m with him on that 100 percent, and hopefully things change.” As long as the Packers get their typical 60-plus offensive snaps per game, I doubt there will be any more criticism of personnel and schemes from within the organization.
Some Packers voiced opinions that they wished the team had acquired Marshawn Lynch. However... "Several Packers players said off the record that they were disappointed Thompson wasn't able to complete a deal for Lynch and that he would have made the team better," writes Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But no player said the failure of a deal affects their prospects for the season." Meanwhile, the running backs currently on the team took it as a vote of confidence.
Ted Thompson was smart not to pay the third-round asking price for Marshawn Lynch says Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel (subscription required). He also likened the move to acquire Randy Moss by the Vikings to one of instant gratification. "All I think I know is Marshawn Lynch wasn't worth a third-round pick to the Green Bay Packers. That they could control," writes McGinn. "Moss will have to be dealt with twice in the next seven weeks." What this also means is that the Packers couldn't have acquired Lynch for the same asking price as the Seahawks. They had to beat it.
Reaction to all the injury situation of the Packers has fans fearing the worst. "Either way, you have to think Barnett’s out for the foreseeable future with this injury and, season-ender or not, things are looking grim for Green Bay’s defense," writes Chris Lempesis of Ol' Bag of Donuts. "With Morgan Burnett out for the year, Brandon Chillar possibly out for the year (or at least a good long while) and the Barnett situation, the Packers are already down three starters. That’s not even mentioning Nick Collins’ knee injury, which he said may sideline him this week."
There is some good news amongst all the bad. "[Charles] Woodson was named the NFC defensive player of the week after his interception-return touchdown, two late pass breakups and career-high 14 tackles against the Lions," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report.
Lost among the injury news is really a good article by Tom Fanning of the Packers official website talking about the red zone success by the Packers this season. "The Packers enter Sunday’s game with Washington ranked No. 2 in the NFL with a 75 percent touchdown rate, converting on nine of 12 opportunities, which trails only Philadelphia (80 percent)," writes Fanning on Packers.com. A big reason for the success has been the far fewer sacks the offensive line has given up this season, especially in the red zone. That has led to less field goals and more touchdowns.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times has a good description of what decertification means in the wake of the recent NFLPA event in Green Bay. On the subject of a possible lockout he writes, "I think there will be, even if it only takes place between March and the traditional start of training camps in late July."
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