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Packers Not at 2010 Injury Level… Yet

Derek Sherrod

The Green Bay Packers are not a healthy bunch.

Although many have compared to 2012 team to the 2010 Super Bowl team because of their slow starts and high talent levels, the 2012 Packers are probably more like that team in another way. They’re injury-prone.

The 2012 Packers have now put 11 guys on injured reserve. That number will swell to 12 if James Starks’ season is over, as reported. Still, they’re not nearly as injury-riddled as the 2010 Packers… yet.

Here’s a look at how the two squads stack up in the injury department. Starters are noted with an *.

Players on injured reserve (2010)

  • Nick Barnett*
  • Morgan Burnett*
  • Brandon Chillar*
  • Jermichael Finley*
  • Ryan Grant*
  • Justin Harrell
  • Spencer Havner
  • Brad Jones*
  • Derrick Martin
  • Mike Neal
  • Marshall Newhouse
  • Brady Poppinga
  • Anthony Smith
  • Mark Tauscher*

The Packers had seven starters and 14 total players on injured reserve in 2010. A lot of people forget, but Brandon Chillar actually opened the season as a starter at inside linebacker over A.J. Hawk. In fact, Hawk didn’t play a down in the Packers first game that year. Also, we’re not including Josh Bell, who went on injured reserve during the preseason, then got released, but choose to stick around Green Bay to rehab anyway.

PUP list (2010)

  • Atari Bigby
  • Al Harris
  • James Starks

Bigby and Harris likely would have opened the season as starters if they were healthy.

Players on injured reserve (2012)

  • Cedric Benson*
  • Desmond Bishop*
  • Bryan Bulaga*
  • Johnny Jones
  • Nick Perry*
  • Andrew Quarless
  • Sean Richardson
  • Brandon Saine
  • Derek Sherrod
  • D.J. Smith*
  • Johnny White

The Packers have five starters and 11 total players on injured reserve this season. We’re including D.J. Smith among the starters because he opened the season as a starter at linebacker for Desmond Bishop. We also expected him to replace A.J. Hawk in the lineup had Bishop not gotten hurt.

PUP list (2012)

  • Derek Sherrod
  • Andrew Quarless
  • Frank Zombo

Sherrod practiced for a couple weeks, but was never activated and was eventually moved to the reserve list. Quarless was activated for a couple weeks and then put on injured reserve. Had he been healthy, you would have expected Sherrod to push for a starting job somewhere on the offensive line.

Anyway, as you can see, this year’s Packers still have a little way to go to beat the 2010 team.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Iltarion December 6, 2012

    The 2012 Packers are MORE ravaged by injuries than the 2010 team was. There are fewer players on IR, but Charles Woodson, Greg Jennings, Clay Matthews and Jordy Nelson have all missed substantial time and none of them have been on IR. So, that doesn’t tell the whole story.

    None of the players on IR in 2010 were as important as Greg Jennings or Clay Matthews, and Jennings has missed half the season while Matthews is now going to miss at least one quarter of the season.

  2. WelTarion December 6, 2012

    Not According to statistics.. you should read the article above.

    1. DevilDon December 6, 2012

      I’d say Iltarion has a point. Say Rodgers goes down for 4 games. Does it always come down to the numbers and stats?
      Some injuries are more important than others. I’m surprised that a person who reads an NFL blog doesn’t understand that.

      1. AngelDon December 7, 2012

        I would think that DevilDon is a complete and utmost Douche Bag. You are the one who said that we don’t even need to sign linemen to protect Rodgers a few posts ago. Take a side and stick with it. What an ass.

        1. DevilDon December 7, 2012

          It seems to me that AngelaDon is a little bitch that copies posters names, makes comments without sense and thinks she’s clever.

          1. AngelDon December 7, 2012

            AndelDon thinks DevilDon is a grade 2 piece of monkey shit that has nothing better to do than skip classes, jerk off, and tout stupid shit on a fan board. Literally, every post you make uses the “Why are you on an NFL board” claim. Come up with something original. Are you so baaaad that you are a devil? Wow! Sounds super tough!! Keep those asshole comments coming dickhead!!

  3. guysocke December 6, 2012

    How on Earth did we win a Super Bowl without Spencer Havner?

    1. Phatgzus December 6, 2012

      Tehehehehe, or Justin Harrel or Anthony Smith. Who the hell is Anthony Smith?

  4. Packer Bob December 6, 2012

    We lost Rodgers for a game and a half in 2010 too.

  5. Buddy December 6, 2012

    Yeah, Iltarion’s right. Who the hell is Welltarion anyhow? Hater.

  6. Charlie Martin December 6, 2012

    2012 is worse than 2010.

    And its mostly because of, as previously mentioned, the guys who have and are missing time but aren’t on I.R.

    Matthews, Woodson, and Jennings have already missed a combined 16 games. Raji missed two, Shields has missed half of the year, Jordy, CJ Wilson and Lang are out now.

    I know Matthews and #12 each missed a game and a half in 2010, which royally fucked us, but I still don’t think it compares.

    losing Desmond Bishop sucks fucking balls. Jermichael finley was the biggest injury of 2010, and morgan burnett’s injury was depressing, but Bulaga, Bishop, Perry, Benson, and DJ Smith hurts more than Finley, Burnett, Grant, Barnett and Tauscher.

  7. James Bennett December 7, 2012

    All I know is the proliferation of injuries makes me crazy. Imagine the team we could have out there–Matthews, Perry, Desmond Bishop, Cedric Benson, Jordy Nelson, Shields, Woodson, Bulaga, and on it goes. Imagine too what our record might look like with those players in the lineup.