You could make an argument that Quinten Rollins has been the Green Bay Packers’ best cornerback this season, mostly because he hasn’t been getting torched like Damarious Randall or injured like Sam Shields.
Well, that last part is changing. Rollins, who injured his groin on Saturday and missed Sunday’s game, has already been ruled out of Thursday’s contest with the Chicago Bears.
“Quinten Rollins hurt himself yesterday at practice,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Sunday. “Last-minute injuries are a challenge. He won’t be available this week against Chicago. I know that. Other than that, I don’t have a full timeline.”
Rollins’ absence is compounded by the fact that Shields hasn’t played since week 1 because of a concussion. Randall came back from his own groin injury against Dallas, but aggravated that injury and left after 18 snaps. That left the Packers with LaDarius Gunter and Demetri Goodson on the outside, Micah Hyde in the slot and safety Morgan Burnett as the dime cornerback.
It appears the Packers might be forced to use that lineup again on Thursday, with possibly rookie Josh Hawkins getting some action as well.
In the bigger picture, Rollins being ruled out so early in the week suggests he has a significant injury.
Perhaps fortunately, the 1-5 Bears are on the docket this week.