The Green Bay Packers didn’t get probably the good news they had hoped for after returning from the bye when it was made official on Wednesday that cornerback Casey Hayward, running back James Starks and offensive lineman Greg Van Roten would all be ruled out for this upcoming Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
Casey Hayward has yet to play a regular season game this season thanks to a hamstring pulled before the start of training camp and then aggravated during Week 3 of the preseason.
As to when Hayward would return, head coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t make any promises during his post-practice press conference, saying that they would know more about Hayward next Monday or Tuesday.
With Hayward out, the Packers continue to miss their best true slot cornerbacks, left with a combination of veteran Tramon Williams and rookie Micah Hyde filling the void.
Starks exited the Packers’ last game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a knee injury, and McCarthy said he would be put in the category of missing a couple weeks.
The Packers have already braced themselves for Starks’ absence by elevating fellow running back and rookie Michael Hill from the practice squad earlier this week.
The biggest surprise on the Packers’ injury report was probably Van Roten. McCarthy confirmed that he sprained his foot during practice on Monday and will likely miss a couple weeks.
Van Roten has been the Packers’ backup at center to Evan Dietrich-Smith, leaving them in a precarious position if their starter were to go down to injury.
It appears as if rookie Lane Taylor will likely take Van Roten’s spot on the 46-man active game day roster, but it could be Don Barclay that would take over at center should Dietrich-Smith need to be replaced.