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Packers Daily Links: Ryan Pickett Doesn't Think Injury Is Serious

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 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.

More on the Nick Collins injury comes from Packer Report, the Associated Press and

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).

Overcoming the Nick Collins injury is the focus of writings at the Press-Gazette and Packers official website.

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

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.

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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lebowski's picture

Ryan Pickett doesn't think it's serious. Guess we'll see him in 8 weeks.

jack in jersey city's picture

i was just about to write the same thing. hahaha :(

MarkinMadison's picture

I liked Anthony Levine in the pre-season. I was a bit disappointed that he didn't make it to the practice squad. I'm sure he's not ready to start next week, but he wasn't shy about hitting, and he seemed to show up around the ball.

MarkinMadison's picture

BTW, the Packers have 7 sacks on the season, good for 4th best in the NFL. I'm not saying that they're getting home as often as they can or should. I agree that some of those felt more like garbage sacks (kind of like garbage yards where the D is just in prevent anyway). I'd love to see a few more of those sacks be true momentum changing, drive-killing type sacks. But can we all agree that they (and not just CM3) are generating some pressure?

cow42's picture


MarkinMadison's picture

OK, well, try this on for size. The Packers are tied for the fourth most sacks as a team in the NFL. They hold 4th place as a team despite having no player in the top 20 for sacks so far this season. In fact, no Packer player has been credited with more than one sack. Your 1-sack players include LB Matthews, LB Walden, LB Bishop, DL Raji, DL Wynn and S Burnett. CB Bush and LB Hawk each get credit for 1/2 sack. Given that the Packers are #4 on the list of NFL teams in sacks, let me suggest that maybe some of our expectations for quarterback pressure are at least a tad too high. Given that the sacks are coming from all over, let me suggest that maybe Matthews isn't the only one capable fo producing pressure. Now, I know numbers aren't everything, but they also don't have no meaning at all.

CSS's picture

Problem with that sack stat is opposing teams have dropped back and attempted more passes against the Packers than any other team in the NFL. So sacks and pressures as a percentage of opposing QB drop-backs is actually quite poor. In two weeks teams have dropped back to pass 95 times against the Pack.

MarkinMadison's picture

No doubt there is room for improvement. But particularly last week the CAR passing game was built on passing to the RB and TE (and not just check-downs). Correct me if I'm wrong, but that stuff beats and slows the pass rush. So I'm just saying, "let's not get too doom and gloom here."

CSS's picture

Not doom and gloom, but a 3rd consecutive week without adequate pressure (especially against a bad Bears line) would make it a trend. Then I will be concerned about pressure.

packsmack25's picture

Doesn't that stat also explain all the yardage though, CSS? The Packers lead the league in passing attempts against, but are in the middle of the pack as far as passer rating allowed. That is certainly a flawed stat, but it means SOMETHING.

sammer's picture

Don't you dare let facts get in the way of cow's pessimism!

MarkinMadison's picture

Sorry, I was writing another chunk of facts when you were writing your reply. I'll try to restrain myself in the future. :-)

Yoyo's picture

Make a move for Darren Sharper...

Evan's picture

I might be naive, but there's probably a reason he's currently unsigned.

Jmac34's picture

Yes lets move far away from Sharper

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keeley2's picture

Actually, one of the bigger issues with Sharper is that he is unwilling to put his body through the torture chamber for the veteran's minimum. He is asking for guaranteed money - something no team is willing to do. He would rather retire.

bill dickson's picture

packers playin possum for some bear on defense[at least that how im taking].but the passing yards against are very scarry. any word on so-oto just asking, GO PACK

packeraaron's picture

Should know more on So'oto tomorrow.

Mojo's picture

Re: Pickett et al;

The injury du jour this year seems to be the "insert body part" bruise. I haven't seen this many bruises since the 'Rocky' series.

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