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Packers roundup: Injury crisis still in full effect

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Gazette staff
October 19, 2013

Two cornerstone NFL franchises, the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers, meet Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The Packers will continue their slog through several injury situations. Out for sure are wide receiver Randall Cobb (broken leg), linebacker Clay Matthews (thumb surgery) and linebacker Nick Perry (foot). Other key players—linebacker Brad Jones, wide receiver James Jones and cornerback Casey Hayward—are also uncertain to play Sunday.

That leaves Green Bay relying on inexperienced players, primarily at linebacker and wide receiver. Jarrett Boykin will have to step in at wide receiver, and the team will likely split out tight end Jermichael Finley more often than usual to mitigate the injuries there. On defense, the Packers turn to guys such as Andy Mulumba, Nate Palmer, Jamari Lattimore and Datone Jones to fill in for Matthews and Brad Jones.

The Browns have ridden a top 10 defense to a somewhat surprising 3-3 record, including winning three straight right after trading last year's No. 2 overall draft choice Trent Richardson and benching another 2012 draft choice, quarterback Brandon Weeden. Detroit ended the win streak last week with Weeden back under center.

The game will be televised on CBS at 3:25 p.m. Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots will provide the commentary. WCLO 1230 AM will also carry the game on the Packers radio network. Pregame radio coverage begins at 1 p.m.

For more in-depth coverage from the week, check out these stories from The Gazette's partners at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Monday

GREEN BAY SPECIAL TEAMS SHINE

BALTIMORE—It was probably too much to ask for the Green Bay Packers to have a complete special teams performance against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

After all, Ravens coach John Harbaugh used to coach special teams.

So while the Packers didn't have a complete day, they did manage to have a breakthrough at least in a couple of areas. Read more ...

SHORTHANDED LINEBACKING CORPS STEPS UP

BALTIMORE—At the end, the Green Bay Packers were without three of their four starting linebackers.

Many times over the decades, that would have been the kiss of death.

On Sunday, it was business as usual as the hodgepodge of linebackers more than held its own in a 19-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Read more ...

Tuesday

LEG INJURY HOBBLES COBB

GREEN BAY--Injuries have plagued the Green Bay Packers since the first day of training camp.

On Monday, they might have suffered their most significant blow yet.

Wide receiver Randall Cobb will miss the next six to eight weeks with a fractured fibula, according to a source. The third-year receiver suffered the injury on a low hit by Baltimore's Matt Elam in the Packers' 19-17 win Sunday. The source indicated that Cobb nearly broke the fibula entirely. Read more ...

Wednesday

PACKERS TURN TO PRACTICE SQUAD FOR INJURY REPLACEMENTS

GREEN BAY--Given the option of signing a veteran or going with someone from his practice squad, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson will surprise you once in a lunar eclipse.

Tuesday, the moon did not dim in the sky.

Desperate for wide receiver help, Thompson bypassed veteran free agents such as Devery Henderson, Laurent Robinson and Steve Breaston in favor of two practice squad members who may be pressed into service right away. Read more ...

Friday

FINLEY'S ROLE SHOULD INCREASE WITH PACKERS RECEIVERS OUT

GREEN BAY--It's third and 3 late in the fourth quarter and a 5-foot-10 safety is covering 6-5 Jermichael Finley one-on-one?

Don't expect to see that again anytime soon.

It happened with just under 2 minutes to go in the Green Bay Packers' 19-17 victory over Baltimore Sunday and the result was a 52-yard punch in the face to the Ravens' chances. Read more ...



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