We found out Nick Perry won’t be playing this week earlier today with what Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy termed a significant hand injury. How significant?
We now know that Perry had surgery to repair several broken fingers.
#Packers OLB Nick Perry had surgery to repair several broken fingers, sources say. He’s out on Sun, but the hope is he can play with a cast
Perry suffered the injury last week against Houston and he returned to finish the game with a club on his hand. That appears to be what he’ll end up playing with when he does return.
A number of players have suffered the same fate and returned to action fairly quickly with the club, including Jeff Janis earlier this year and Clay Matthews in 2013. That’s the good news.
The bad news is no one has ever proven terribly effective with a club, at least in our recollection. Perry has already put together his best NFL season in just 12 games. While that says something about his effectiveness in the past, it also says something about what he was doing this year.
Perry leads the Packers with eight sacks. He leads the outside linebacker group by a huge margin with 48 tackles. He’s also the team’s best edge defender and the only one that’s consistent against the run.
In terms of guys on the defense you don’t want to be missing or don’t want limited, Perry is somewhere in the conversation with Mike Daniels and Clay Matthews for No. 1 on that list.