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Casey Hayward Ruled Out of Season Opener vs. 49ers

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Casey Hayward Ruled Out of Season Opener vs. 49ers

Other than cornerback Casey Hayward, the Packers are a picture of health.

According to reports, Hayward was the only player on the team's active roster not to practice on Wednesday, same as Monday.

With six interceptions in his rookie season, the Packers are a better team with a healthy Casey Hayward, but if there's one position on the roster where they can afford an injury, it's probably at cornerback.

Between Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Davon House, Micah Hyde and Jarrett Bush in the secondary, the Packers are covered.

There's still two more days of practice before the Packers take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 of the regular season, so perhaps Hayward there's time for Hayward to return.

Head coach Mike McCarthy will give an update after practice, when the team will release its first injury report of the 2013 season.

UPDATE: Casey Hayward has been ruled out of season opener against the 49ers.

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mani2packers's picture

Hyde needs to move to safety. Bush couldn't cover an offensive lineman if he ran a route. House is up and down. Williams, Shields and Hayward are our legit corners. Get well soon Casey!

RC Packer Fan's picture

So you want to go into San Fransisco with Williams, Shields, House and Bush as CB's. With Burnett, Hyde, McMillan, Jennings, Banjo as safety's?

Why do we need 5 safety's? Hyde is perfect right now in as a Nickel CB.

Once Hayward comes back I see them using Hyde in Packages as the CB/S combo, but Hyde is not a pure Safety as of this year anyways. Down the road yes, but not now.

jmac3444's picture

Hopefully Hayward can come back soon

dullgeek's picture

There are a lot of things I don't anticipate reading, but somewhere near the mid/top of that list is, "and Jarrett Bush in the secondary, the Packers are covered."

I hope that it's correct.

Brian Carriveau's picture

I wouldn't put too much stock into Bush being the fifth of five corners beyond Hayward. He won't see playing time on defense other than the short-yardage packages.

RC Packer Fan's picture

Its why I have been trying to remove the CB label. His title should be Special Teams player only. He is an emergency DB only.

Idiot Fan's picture

Amazingly, he started at CB for the 49er game last year (week 1).

jeremy's picture

Was he the one who let Randy Moss just run into the end zone?

Derek in CO's picture

Hopefully we don't need him. Go Pack!

Al Katraz's picture

I don't think highly of any of them. If they were tall, fast and could cover and tackle they would not have been available to the Pack in the first place.
These guys came cheap and have been victimized by even the worst QB's in the league the past two years so why do we expect anything different this year.

mudduckcheesehead's picture

If they were tall, fast and could cover and tackle, they'd be 49ers - just ask Cow.

Cole's picture

Sucks. Hayward's our best corner.

Evan's picture

Best slot corner...

Evan's picture

They'll be fine with Hyde in the slot for a week or two. No need to rush Hayward back.

RC Packer Fan's picture

I think Hayward will be out until after the Bye..

I agree, that Hyde will fill in nicely. He won't be perfect, but he will be able to fill in.

RC Packer Fan's picture

I think Hyde is the X factor against the 49ers on defense. I think his ability to blitz from the slot and tackle, will be huge at stopping Kaepernick.

Longshanks's picture

Agreed!! We didn't have that last year in the final playoff game. Hyde looks like a young Charles Woodson. If he can do what Charles did in his youth (and I think he can) Kaeperdick will have a much tougher time moving the chains. Hyde seems much more physical than Hayward when it comes to tacking and that's what we need this game. Physical players. Go get em' Hyde!!

Tundraboy's picture

Thats what I was thinking,, May be a blessing in disguise because finesse is not going to cut it. Same for Bak

nick perry's picture

Exactly! Hayward is a cover corner. One that works perfect in the slot. While I'd rather see Casey out there, I like the physical part of Hydes game, especially near the line of scrimmage and it's there where he'll be most valuable against the 49ers. If Williams, Shields, and House can't cover Bolden and whomever else the 49ers send out, then we have bigger issues than we thought. In this game, Hyde will be just fine. Damn, I'd love to see him get a nice shot and sack on Kapernick!

Stroh's picture

Actually Boldin works primarily out of the slot, so Hyde will be matched up against Boldin most of the day. They'll use younger faster WR outside, except those WR aren't very talented. Hyde will have his hands full w/ Boldin most of the day. Hyde being a little bigger and better tackler (not that Hayward is bad) will lend well to blitzing and tackling Kaep.

THEMichaelRose's picture

Niners WRs aren't good enough to need more than 3 capable CBs available. Ain't worried. More concerned with having sure tackling from the position. (Looking at you Tramon)

MarkinMadison's picture

+1 Setting aside TE Vernon Davis, the 49ers receiving corps present you with one over-the-hill receiver and one rookie.

Idiot Fan's picture

I'm curious who covers Davis on Sunday. We don't exactly have a great track record covering big TEs.

packeraaron's picture

Agreed. It will be an interesting matchup, esp when he splits out wide as a WR. Will it be a safety? Can't be a linebacker. A corner? He's a nightmare for the Packers' defense.

Idiot Fan's picture

For a while there Woody was our go-to guy to cover big TEs. Now? Not sure who has the skills to do that.

RC Packer Fan's picture

Boldin is still a very good WR. Don't sleep on him.

hayward4president's picture

You pick up speed after u go over the hill.

RC Packer Fan's picture

His game has never been based on speed. Physical, great hands, and ball skills...
He ran a 4.7 40 coming out if I remember right.

Evan's picture

"Very good" is a stretch. He's average who had a good playoff run.

Stroh's picture

Boldin is very crafty, very physical and great after the catch. He has never had good timed speed, but plays slightly faster than he times. That along w/ his strength and physical presence make him a difficult cover. He is older and lost a step, but its a step he never really had anyway. Not as good as he once was but still dangerous w/ the ball in his hands.

packsmack25's picture

He's a glorified tight end. Crazy ball skills though. Will have a solid, if unspectacular, year.

Evan's picture

Good info here on Boldin:

Boldin averaged 62 catches, 882 yards and 5 TDs over 3 years in Baltimore.

RC Packer Fan's picture

I didn't read the article, but he also had Joe Flacco throwing to him.

Evan's picture

I'm not sure if that's better or worse than his current situation...

RC Packer Fan's picture

That is true.
Until last year though, Flacco really never stepped up his game.

I don't know if Boldin will be any good in SF, but I'm just saying, he is a good WR, and not to sleep on him...

Tundraboy's picture

Same here. If the defenses does not come in with a huge chip playing with an attitude we are in big trouble. Cant imagine that they will not and I think and hope that is the difference. If this is not a hit them in the chin game I do not know what is. So much can turn on a dime if we play angry. Tackle,Tackle Tackle. Stop the run. Look at the muffed punt last year. Go Pack Go here we go!!!

Evan's picture

I liked the attitude they had during the Seahawks preseason game - gives me hope they'll show up nasty this weekend.

Fi crane's picture

In the fifth paragraph are you specifically speaking to the people of Hayward ,Wi?

TommyG's picture

I was trying to figure that out too. My money is on an editing mistake.

Bibbon Hazel's picture

Aside from the uncertainty on the oline, the only.other thing that concerns me is Mashe Potato Mikes and Domfounded Caers inability to make in game.adjustments before its too late. The in-game adjustments made quickly by Harbaugh last year after the Shields pick turned into 180+ yards rushing for Kap. MPM keeps to his game plan whereas it needs to be fluid. And I don't mean abandoning the run at the first sign of deficit. The skill players will be ready. The defense will he hungry. Lets Hope the oline is able and hope the coaching is intelligent.

mu's picture

haven't heard anything on datone jones - what's his status? Is he starting?

Evan's picture

He's good to go but I doubt he'll start.

TommyG's picture

Losing our slot CB is not going to make this any easier. I'm not so concerned about the coverage aspect as I don't believe that SanFran's 3rd WR is a big threat. The part I feel we will miss is Casey's sure tackling.

Stroh's picture

Considering Hyde or House will take Haywards place, I think tackling won't be much of an issue, at least for that position.

Evan's picture

Agreed. I'm sure Hayward is a fine tackler, but I never remember it jumping out at me the way it does when Hyde tackles.

The one part of Hyde's game I'm not at all worried about is his tackling.

mudduckcheesehead's picture

Sucks to lose Casey, but based on what we've seen so far, I'm optimistic about Hyde. Nice job by TT in looking past the measureables and finding us another young corner with game.

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