Casey Hayward Will Sit, Plus Some Good News

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Casey Hayward

Casey Hayward

The Green Bay Packers will be without cornerback Casey Hayward this week, coach Mike McCarthy confirmed today.

Hayward, who led the Packers with six interceptions last year, re-injured his hamstring during the third preseason game. Prior to that, he had missed the majority of training camp with the original injury. So, you could argue that the Packers rushed him back or that he rushed himself back.

But that’s why you have a medical staff. To tell guys when they’re safe to play, not the other way around.

“There’s no timeline for Casey,” McCarthy said. “I hope his status is different next week. He will not be available this week.”

That means a larger role for either rookie Micah Hyde or Davon House. One of those guys will fill in for Hayward in the slot and our money is on Hyde. It shouldn’t really matter either way though, because go ahead and name me a San Francisco 49ers receiver.

Michael Crabtree? Out for the year.

Anquan Boldin? A No. 2 receiver playing the role of a No. 1

Who else you got?

No one? Thought so.

So, onto the good news.

Inside linebacker Brad Jones. Back!

Safety Morgan Burnett. Back!

Both players were full participants in today’s practice, so unless they re-injure themselves, they’ll be available to play this week.

Like Hayward, both guys were injured against Seattle and both tweaked their hamstring.

It’s a regular hamstring tweaking epidemic at 1265.

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12 Comments on "Casey Hayward Will Sit, Plus Some Good News"

  1. E. Wolf

    DAMNIT. … Hear me now and believe me later. Something is wrong with the medical and training staff and programs. Hear me now–and believe me later!

  2. TyKo Steamboat

    So in other words, it’s more important for Davon House to make tackles than it is for Casey Hayward to cover anyone.

  3. the real russ letlow

    freakin’ tweakin’! come on – we need some warmed up and loosey goosey hammys! stretch ’em out before the game! But, hey, ONE injury for the first game? that is as good as it has been round here for awhile. I’ll take it for now, and then we get healthier….

  4. Tucson Packer

    If a player says he is fine to the trainers, and he appears to have full range of motion, what could the medical staff say “no” about?

    I still don’t have complete trust in the medical staff, but especially in the preseason players will be pushing themselves and their injuries to secure a roster spot.

  5. James

    Hayward will be missed but they got some guys that can play. I am hoping Nelson and Datone will be 100%. It all will come down to that Packers offensive line. Huge test for Bakhtiari and Barclay.

  6. Shawn iltarion

    The medical staff may deserve some blame, but not with Hayward. Once you pull your hamstring, you can tweak it again at any time. It is impossible to tell what you can and can not do with it except by testing it.

    I am pumped to see Hyde play. So, Hayward can take his time.

    • E. Wolf

      It is in that Hayward is one of three players (that I recall off hand) who have had issues this year. In that Clay Matthews has suffered from these issues, it seems to be a pervasive, chronic issue.

  7. PF4L

    Concerning injurys…When McCarthy says “There’s no timeline for Casey,” McCarthy said.” I just don’t find comfort in that….lol….Hope he comes back sooner than later…He’s a playmaker. (No offence Tramon).

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