Defensive back Micah Hyde hasn’t practiced this week and didn’t play in the Green Bay Packers’ preseason finale, Thursday. He says he’ll be back for week 1, however.
“I’m ready to go,” Hyde said. “Obviously I have to talk to the doctors and do all the stuff this weekend, but I feel like I’m ready to go.”
Hyde injured his neck against Philadelphia last weekend. He was carted off the field, but that appears just to have made the injury look worse than it was. The initial diagnosis is Hyde was suffering neck spasms.
So it appears the defensive backfield will be at full strength for Chicago. The question now becomes what role Hyde will play.
Despite being listed as a backup safety, Hyde has seen plenty of action in the preseason at both corner and safety. He also served as the Packers’ slot cornerback for most of the 2014 season.
And despite the presence of a number of talented rookies, it would appear that Hyde will still have a role on defense. And he should. The guy makes plays.
The other question is whether he’ll resume his role as the team’s primary punt returner. The Packers have experimented with a number of guys there this preseason. However, none of those guys seems to possess the ability that Hyde does.
He’s returned three punts for touchdowns in his two seasons.
We’re looking forward to seeing how it goes down.