The injury picture is coming into focus for the Green Bay Packers and it appears their beat-up offensive line will be mostly intact this Sunday. Guard T.J. Lang and tackle Bryan Bulaga, both of whom missed the team’s win over the Lions, are practicing.
In all likelihood, both will play on Sunday.
Not so good news for center Corey Linsley. He missed practice on Thursday and will likely be questionable or doubtful for Dallas.
Linebacker Nick Perry joined Linsley on the sidelines on Thursday.
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Linsley has missed one game this season and parts of two others, including last week’s win in Detroit, because of a sprained ankle.
However, not having him available isn’t the end of the world. J.C. Tretter has played very well in Linsley’s absence.
Perry’s latest ailment is unknown, but he dealt with a shoulder injury earlier this season.
When Perry is healthy, he’s a stud. But he’s always hurt. This can be good or bad depending how you look at it. If he’s healthy all season, we probably can’t afford to keep him since he’s turning UFA next year. But like Raji, he’s not going to get any decent offer with his money year being disrupted with injuries so we can take a gamble and sign him to a cheap deal. If he can stay healthy then we win big time because we don’t have to draft another OLB high and we can focus on drafting ILB and TE in first 2 rounds.
Both Raji and Perry will get huge offers.
Raji will have shown he can stay healthy and has had a good season. Teams will look at Perry, and unlike most Packer fans, will realize he’s a play maker probably better suited to a 4-3.
Both will sign for well over $5 million a year. Neither will be on the Packers next season.
Neal and Guion, both free agents, will not be resigned, along with possibly Daniels, which means the Packer defensive line will be a rebuilding project for the next 3 years.
The Packers need to shift to a 4-3 on defense
with Jones and Perry at DE, Daniels/Pennel and Guion/Raji at DT, Neal/Elliot and Mathews at OLB,and do WHATEVER necessary to draft, trade, sign, a first-rate ILB. (They could have had C.J. Mosley two years ago with this thinking.)
they will redress their long neglect of O line and DL/LB in the draft, and thus i predict they will go with an O line guy if there is a real gem left in the first round, then will take a DL/LB type in the second round, or vice versa if they get lucky and the first round still has an outstanding “leftover”
Nah, the Packers needs to draft a OLB in the 2 1/2 round of the first supplement draft then switch to 5-2 and get volume the 2nd half of the season by switching the OLB and ILB for a safety. Do whatever it takes!