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The Cycle of Injuries Has Ended

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The Cycle of Injuries Has Ended

Almost better than the victory over the Lions, almost better than the emergence of a running game, there was one real winner on Sunday night. The Packers Injury Report.

The Packers sustained no new injuries in Sunday’s night game. In a game against players with some dirty reputations, in a game in some sloppy conditions, in a hard fought division game, ending the game without new injuries is a nearly a Christmas miracle.

In his press conference yesterday Packers Coach Mike McCarthy stated, “The cycle of injuries has ended.”

God Willing.

With the rash of Packers injuries and players on injured reserve this season, there has been much comparison between the 2012 and the 2010 seasons. And while the comparisons is often made to help comfort fans as obviously ending the season with a Super Bowl victory is pretty much the goal every year, in many ways 2012 is not 2010.

In 2010, the Packers were decimated by injuries. They ended the season with 15 players on the injured reserve list and had key members of the team like: Clay Matthews, Ryan Pickett, Cullen Jenkins, Sam Shields and Aaron Rodgers all miss games with injuries.

While 2010 did see James Starks emerge late in the season after coming of the physically unable to perform list, the Packers “cycle of injuries” never seemed to end. After week 14 of that year, the Packers still put two more players on injured reserve and ended the season with question marks on the health of Cullen Jenkins.

In contrast, the Packers currently have nine players on IR; much less than the 13 they had on the list in 2010 at this time. And while the Packers had 11 players listed on last week’s injury report, four of those players were active on game day, three of them – Saturday, Driver and Shields – seeing playing time during the game. Also from that 11, the Packers expect to see Woodson and Matthews back on the field soon, with hopefully Nelson and Wilson joining them soon as well.

In 2010, the Packers injuries followed them through the end of the regular season. The Packers were able to solidify the team in the playoffs and made the very memorable push to the Super Bowl. But now, if, like McCarthy says, the injury cycle is indeed over, then the Packers can focus on working returning players into the mix and spending the final weeks of the regular season perfecting the team, so that when the playoffs come they are ready, healthy and able.

While a repeat of 2010 is, in the end, what most fans want, if the Packers can stop the injury similarities here, repeating the outcome will be much easier.

Jayme Joers is a writer at CheeseheadTV’s Eat More Cheese and co-host of CheeseheadRadio, part of the Packers Talk Radio Network at PackersTalk.com. She also contributes to Pocketdoppler.com. You can contact her via twitter at @jaymelee1 or via email at Jaymelee1@gmail.com

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Evan's picture

KNOCK OF WOOD

MarkinMadison's picture

No doubt. What the heck does that even mean? "The injury cycle is over." Is this like economics now? Consumer/player confidence is up, so injuries will end? Did they fire the towel boy who kept forgetting to buy the icy hot?

PackersRS's picture

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PackerBacker's picture

Careful, he might get re-injured.

Cuphound's picture

It's classic McCarthy. There is no phenomenon that he can't render more emotionally neutral by clothing it in more technocratic language. Just be grateful that he isn't talking about fundamentals.

Dennis eckersley's picture

This post.

Is so dead freaking on

davyjones's picture

Go ahead--criticize the guy. At least we aren't coached by Jim Schwantz or GM'd by Matt Millen.

Brooklyn81's picture

Idk but i can't wait to see this team at full strength. Its gonna be exciting. The game this past Sunday had me so happy to see the pack pound tha rock and stick to it. All we're missing is the o-line to get cleaned up and to get a consistent pass rush and last but not least stay healthy.

Badknees's picture

The cycle of injuries will not end until the training staff regroups. And, unfortunately, that will not happen until Arron Rogers suffers an injury.

Evan's picture

Dude, blaming the training staff is completely baseless.

Badknees's picture

Aaron's father is a chiropractor. I'm sure he is actively involved in his son's
training program. The other players do not have this option.

Jay's picture

What he means to say is: the debt to some voodoo warlord/Rumpelstiltskin has been paid off...

OR

he has just jinxed us so badly that the entire team save Jarrett Bush and Graham Harrell fall into a well

Evan's picture

I can see it now: a hypnotist is going to make Aaron Rodgers think he's a chicken and Clay Matthews is going to get radiation poisoning.

Charlie M's picture

This is a great theory. AJ Hawk already looks like he drank some of Ken Griffey Jr's nerve tonic.

bryce's picture

Aaaaaand you jinxed it.

PackerBacker's picture

Nice.

retiredgrampa's picture

Obviously, no one really believes the cycle must be over, regardless of MM's opinion. But I don't blame him. He must be jubelent that no one was added to our list. I know I am. We desperately need Matthews back to add to daBears worries. They deserve it, just being daBears.

marcopo's picture

If the guys coming back play as well as Shields did, batten down the hatches. Outside the flash of the Houston game, we've watched an incomplete and imperfect team. This sounds crazy, but I believe McCarthy has reined the offense in on purpose. He keeps blaming his own play calling, a new McCarthy feature. We also keep getting this nonsense about 2 deep coverages. Yada, yada. The coverage has been around for years, and the Packers never, until now, had any problems with the many ways that defense can be defeated. It makes no sense, unless McCarthy is playing chess out there.

Jay's picture

We heard the same sand-bagging theory about Capers' D last year. Didn't buy it then. Don't buy it now.

bryce's picture

Agree with Jay. I don't think McCarthy intentionally calls terrible games and loses. We knew in August there was something not right. Hopefully they get to clicking now.

toolkien's picture

The simple reason for the difference last to this year is the Packers, early in the year, played a very tough slate of passing defenses versus last year that was, on average, very bad. And once the Packers moved on from the tough first half schedule, they suffered several injuries on top of Jennings staying on the sidelines. The two top receivers from the two previous years out for long stretches, several O-line injuries, and a carousel of players at running back getting injured. It's just been one of those years, but the Packers STILL had their QB at, or near, the top in QB rating and with a 10-3* record and possession of a 2* seed and a bye*. If that's a "down year" I'll take it in a heartbeat when a few decades ago a "down year" was 4-12 and a "peak year" was 8-8.

I've detected some people being very spoiled when slipping from a 1st or 2nd best team to about 6th is cause for anger and finger pointing. Back in those Dark Years, all it took was ONE of the very scarce talented guys to go down and the season went from a hope and prayer for a playoff birth (for which the Packers would have been cannon fodder anyway) to no hope at all. And now we have a team where 8-10 quality guys are out and THE TEAM STILL WINS. But since an assurance of a Super Bowl victory is elusive by divining the "tea leaves" of play-by-play action, people find cause to complain. Again, spoiled.

*but for the Mr. Magoo call in Seattle.

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