The Green Bay Packers almost made it through their loss to the Miami Dolphins unscathed.
Linebacker Brady Poppinga tore his meniscus, Sunday. It’s the same injury that ended tight end Jermichael Finley’s season. Poppinga, who started for the injured Clay Matthews, will undergo surgery this week.
After surgery, a timetable will be set for Poppinga’s return. He will be out anywhere from three weeks to the rest of the season, depending upon the severity of the injury.
Poppinga has 14 tackles and one sack on the season.
Matthews, meanwhile, looks as if he might be able to return this week. Defensive end Ryan Pickett appears to be in the same boat.
“Like I said, they are going to play. That is what I am told. They want to play. They are going to do everything they can to get on the field,” McCarthy said. “They both tested Sunday morning before Miami, but they weren’t ready to go. We’ll see how the week goes and I’ll have a better feel probably Thursday I would think.”