Lost amid the news that safety Nick Collins was lost for the season, starting defensive lineman Ryan Pickett also left Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. “I’m just a little sore, but I’m all right,” Pickett told Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “I don’t know, just throughout the game my foot started hurting. I don’t know what it was. … I don’t think it’s anything serious. I played, pretty much, the whole game with it.” Head coach Mike McCarthy classified Pickett's injury as a foot bruise and didn't know if he'd be able to return to practice on Wednesday.
As for Nick Collins, the search to replace him is underway. "An option (defensive coordinator Dom) Capers did not dismiss was moving veteran Charles Woodson to safety, which would allow him to keep the team's three top corners in the game every play," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "In that scenario, (Jarrett) Bush would become the nickel back, but because he has played safety before, he'd be interchangeable with Woodson." Silverstein also notes that safety Anthony Levine is eligible to be signed either to the practice squad or the 53-man roster.
The specific nature of Nick Collins' injury is still being determined. "The team declined to reveal any specifics about Collins’ injury," writes reporter Rob Demovsky, "but one of his agents, Alan Herman, told the Press-Gazette that the 28-year-old did not sustain any broken bones or have any damage to his spinal cord." Herman speculated that a disc problem may be the issue, but could not confirm that as absolute fact yet.
Plans to visit a specialist and gather more information are already in the works for Nick Collins. "Herman said Monday evening that Collins will see a spine specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City later this week," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. According to multiple reports, Collins doesn't suffer from stenosis, a condition in which many players are suggested to shut down their careers following neck injuries.
The Packers reportedly tried out three defensive linemen on Monday. If I had to guess, I would think one of them would be signed to the practice squad. Either that or one of the defensive linemen the Packers previously had in training camp.
Running back James Starks led an effective ground game against the Panthers, according to Rob Demovsky.
The red-zone offense struggled on Sunday, writes Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel.
Publishing his weekly game ratings is Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel (subscription required).
Replacing Nick Collins is a topic undertaken at Packer Report (sub required).
The statistical impact of Nick Collins is put into perspective at Packer Report.
The impact on losing Nick Collins to the pass defense is examined at Packers.com.
Chastin West will sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars pending a physical.
Reaction from the Packers coordinators on Monday is gathered.
Aaron Rodgers is spreading the ball around.
Donald Driver personally thanked his fans following his record.
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