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Don Barclay Has a Knee Injury

Don Barclay

Offensive lineman Don Barclay went down during practice on Tuesday with a knee injury. It’s a torn ACL, which means he’s done for the year.

After practice coach Mike McCarthy tried to sound hopeful, without much success.

“Don Barclay suffered a knee injury. It was in a blitz drill. He got himself in a bad position. He’s being evaluated. We’ll know more probably tonight. We’ll wait to see what we’re dealing with. They don’t come any better than him. I just hope it’s not serious,” McCarthy said.

Barclay remained on the ground for several minutes following the injury and eventually had to be carted off the field.

Clearly, the Packers have solved their hamstring injury woes, but they’ve now been cursed with the knee injury. Barclay’s knee injury follows those of receiver Jared Abbrederis, who’s out for the season, and tight end Colt Lyerla, who’s out several weeks.

A round of knee injuries all around! On the house!

Now, despite all of the praise that’s been lavished on Barclay, he’s no longer a starter.

He started 14 games in 2013 in place of Bryan Bulaga, who was out with his own knee injury, and four games in 2012. This year, Barclay was pushed back into a backup role because, as you know, the Packers don’t make anyone earn their starting jobs through open competition.

So, not all is lost. The starting five remains the same and the door for the top backup spot is now wide open for former first-round pick Derek Sherrod, who, perhaps ironically, is a walking injury himself.

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  1. 1265LombardiAve August 5, 2014

    Torn ACL… not a total loss, but the “deep line” just got less “deep.”

  2. Sloth August 5, 2014

    Barclay was pushed into a backup role because he wasn’t good as a starter. That being said, he was the reason they had such good depth as he could play so many positions, so now that’s gone.

  3. TyKo Seamboat August 5, 2014

    Well fuck me, Molly Qerim

    1. Phatgzus August 5, 2014

      At this rate, you’re gonna run out of knuckle children before the preseason is over.

  4. Chad Lundberg August 5, 2014

    Starter or back-up, Barclay did add depth. Not bad at all for UDFA. Cheap too. On the bright side, we may FINALLY see some Derek Sherrod.

  5. iltarion August 5, 2014

    After being remarkably injury free through the first week, they are starting to mount now. Let’s be thankful that no starters are down, YET.

    Barclay did lose his position in an open competition. He played 14 games last season and was the worst OL we had. Barclay is not a tackle. He is a guard, and the depth there is where his loss hurts us.

    Damn glad Derek Sherrod is on the roster now. Now we have to hope the guy develops into a decent player. He is one injury to either tackle away from being in the line-up. God knows that is inevitable.

  6. Deepsky August 5, 2014

    What is it, 6 practices now and 2 ACL injuries?

    At least the hamstring injuries are down.

    1. Nacho dan August 5, 2014

      That’s because all the hamstrings have been repaired.

  7. Kato August 5, 2014

    I was kind of hoping for once the packers wouldnt have 15 guys on IR. Looks like that wont be the case yet again this year.

  8. IMHO August 5, 2014

    6 practices in, 2 guys going to IR. Same shit, different year. Don’t pin your hopes on any replacements, the injury train is just beginning to roll. McCarthy is too dumb to figure it out.

    1. Packer Bob August 6, 2014

      To figure what out? That football is a violent sport and players get injured. Is that something that needs figuring out?

      1. The Money Mike August 6, 2014

        THey need to kook into what these fuckers are ingesting…I’m serious, there is a very real correlation between PED use and injuries

  9. E. Wolf August 5, 2014

    I searched around the web and all the sites indicate that proper strength and conditioning are an important preventive measure. Following are just a handful of online sources I looked through before writing you:


    These basic tips don’t necessarily apply to folks at the professional level and I’d hope the Packers m -amd-t staffs are doing what every one else is doing in the League, but that this is starting to happen yet again makes me think once again that something is seriously wrong with how they are doing things.

    One bit I read was also interesting:

    ” Factors contributing to ACL injuries include ground hardness, grass type and cleat type.”

    This makes me think maybe there is something about the playing grounds they use that may account for this at least in part.
    These unsually high rates of injuries, particularly muscle pulls and strains, but also ACL tears have been going on for five years. That it keeps happening cannot be mere coincidence.

  10. icebowl August 6, 2014

    Excellent point $Mike….
    Was thinking that same thing during The Hamstrung Season of ’13….

  11. the real russ letlow August 6, 2014

    the 3 knee injuries hit us at the positions with the most talent in camp. We’ve got some good O lineman, but none as versatile as Barclay. Lots of good candidates for the #5 WR, but can we get a PR there? The tight end group has been really productive in camp, and I would think that Colt was at # 4 at best (Bostic, Quarless, Rodgers, Taylor). This injury crap sucks every year.