It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it? Nick Perry has seemingly been injured more than he’s been healthy throughout his Green Bay Packers’ career, so it was actually a huge surprise that he made it through camp and 13 weeks of the regular season before getting injured.
That moment came by way of a hand injury against the Houston Texans. Perry put a club on his hand and returned to that game.
He won’t be gutting it out this week, though. Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy confirmed that Perry has a significant hand injury and it has already been determined that he won’t play this week.
McCarthy: Feel terrible for Nick (Perry). He's having a great season, clearly his best season…We'll look at it Monday & see where he is.
Although not surprising, we do feel for Perry. Until now, this was the first season he’s been truly healthy since he’s been in Green Bay.
The results showed too.
Perry already has career highs with 48 tackles, eight sacks, four passes defended and an interception. He’s the Packers’ best edge run defender and you could certainly make an argument that he’s the team’s defensive MVP at this point.
The hope now has to be that, 1. Perry can return quickly and, 2. that Blake Martinez can return from his knee injury, so Clay Matthews can return to the outside, and 3. that Matthews can be more effective than he was against Houston with his shoulder injury.
That’s far too many ifs to make us comfortable.
Make no mistake, this is a huge blow to the Packers’ defense.