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Packers’ Injuries Don’t Appear As Bad As They Looked

You know when you talk about the Green Bay Packers, you’re certain to be talking about one thing year after year — injuries.

The Packers suffered several notable ones in their preseason opener. The most significant was probably to cornerback Damarious Randall. The most brutal was to rookie receiver Malachi Dupre. The most severe looked to be to backup center Don Barclay.

Well, the news isn’t all bad a day later.

Both Randall and Dupre — who took a helmet-to-chest shot — have concussions. They are currently in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Barclay injured an ankle that immediately looked like it might be the sort of injury that could end a season. That isn’t happening, it appears.

As we’ve noted, Barclay’s injury was significant because the Packers don’t really have another center on the roster. It’s also significant because Corey Linsley, the team’s starting center, hasn’t always been the picture of health.

We’ll see what develops going forward. Personally, I find it amazing that the Packers made it to the first preseason game with so few injuries.

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Joseph Bonham

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  1. Cheese August 11, 2017

    I don’t care if it wasn’t helmet to helmet, that missile launch helmet hit was bullshit. That’s just asking for someone to get hurt whether the recipient or the tackler. Do players not know how to wrap up anymore? I seen Haha Dix launch his shoulder at the ball carriers legs and just hope that it was enough to knock him over. What. the. fuck? How are coaches not addressing this?

    1. Kato August 11, 2017

      This has been a trend for a while. We had tackling drills in high school every practice. If anything was wrong with our form we had a football whipped at our head.

      1. Empacador August 11, 2017

        Come on now Kato, the kinder, gentler NFLPA would never allow that to happen to their meal tickets in this day and age. CTE! CTE! CTE!

  2. PF4L August 11, 2017

    I must be the only person in the world that watched the replay of Sullivan’s hit on Dupre and saw (a clear as fucking day) helmet to helmet collision. Maybe it depends on the angle, of the replay, but it’s clear as day.

    1. Howard August 11, 2017

      I don’t think anyone can argue that it falls as helmet to helmet. Helmet to helmet also includes the neck area. Depending on the angle it may not have hit Dupre’s helmet. No question it hit his neck area. Rob had a good article below that describes all the penalties regarding helmet hits. The hit on Dupre and Randall both meet at least one if not more of the criteria for penalties.

      https://totalpackers.com/2017/02/injuries-part-3-minimizing-helmet-helmet-hits/

  3. PF4L August 11, 2017

    I’ve talked about this the last 2 or 3 seasons. When you get a cheap shot, or even a perceived cheap shot, you have to retaliate, doesn’t have to be right away, or even by the player who got the cheap shot. But you have to answer or you get a reputation of being soft. Lets not pretend that (soft) term has never been used to describe this Packers defense in years past.

    What happens in baseball when a batter gets beaned? The team gets up and is ready to fight, even if the pitcher didn’t do it on purpose. Then, that team’s pitcher retaliates and beans one of their hitters. It tells other teams, fuck with us and you pay a price.

    What do the Packers do? Maybe……they look at the ref for a flag.That’s why i liked Daniels a lot some time ago, at least he talked the part, like he had some passion and you thought he was a fighter.

    There isn’t a new NFL rule forbidding any of the Packer players of laying the wood on someone themselves is there?

    Maybe they’ll get tough when they play in SB LII in Feb.

    1. Kato August 11, 2017

      Hockey as well. If there is a cheap shot on someone you better believe there is retaliation coming

  4. Tony August 12, 2017

    I do agree both were cheap shots.
    Going to let this play out to see if The NFL fines or suspends either player.

    Lets say Ha Ha decides to retaliate, and blatantly takes out a wr.

    The NFL suspends him for the 1st 3 games.
    Who’s laughing now?
    The Seahawks, Falcons, and Bengals.

    Always the retaliatory that gets the worst.

    I would rather you all perceive the team as soft than have to play without a starter for the 1st 3 games.
    BTW did you see some of the hits those young, soft players were laying on The Eagles?
    3 of the 4 turnovers were created by clean, hard hits.

    1. PF4L August 12, 2017

      Your mentality would fit perfectly on this football team.

      Retaliation comes in many forms…You think any retaliation results in a 3 game suspension? Really? Don’t be a drama Queen.

      Did Clay Matthews get a 3 game suspension for crushing Kaepernick out of bounds? Did he get kicked out of the game? No

      As long as you don’t do anything moronic, the biggest penalty for a retaliatory move will result with a flag.

      Big fucking deal.

      Let me guess, you also think Ted and Murphy are doing a fantastic job.