No doubt the Green Bay Packers’ defense was handicapped when defensive lineman Mike Daniels left during the first series against Atlanta.
Daniels left with a hamstring injury and didn’t return. This came a week after he was a force — seven tackles, 1.5 sacks — against Seattle.
Curiously, Daniels was listed as questionable all week prior to the game. However, he announced he was going to play on Friday. Then he lasted all of a couple plays on Sunday.
Fortunately for the Packers, Daniels’ injury doesn’t appear to be anything to be too concerned about.
Good news for #Packers star DL Mike Daniels after his MRI: Minor hamstring injury, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 18, 2017
What I find amusing — if you can find anything amusing here — is that it’s a hamstring injury. Since tackle David Bakhtiari sat out of the game with a hamstring injury, we can now officially declare the Packers’ Hamstring Epidemic of 2017 underway.
It’s an annual event!
It’s only a matter of time before Clay Matthews pulls his.
Seriously, the Packers’ defense is markedly different without Daniels. Kenny Clark isn’t as effective. Nick Perry gets more double teams. The pass rush just isn’t as good.
Hopefully, this isn’t the type of injury that lingers. We’ve seen that many times before.
Let’s get Mike Daniels healthy and back to dominating.
This suggestion is for Rob, not for “sarcastic Mordy”.
Rob, since you normally write articles backed up with stats and numbers, can you do a survey on the injuries reported by GB and other teams? The point would be to see whether hamstring injuries represent the same percentage for GB as they do for the league average. I could do it myself and paste it in the comment section, but it would reach more exposition as an article by the site posters. And it would shed light on the endemic character of hamstring injuries.
Here is the complete list of most important players we can’t afford to lose due to injury… (in order)
1.) Aaron Rodgers
2.) David “Money Bags” Baktihari – (Pussy is paid millions & can’t play because of a hamstring?)
3.) Mike Daniels
4.) Nick Perry
6.) Jordy Nelson
7.) Bryan “China Doll” Bulaga
8.) Clay Matthews
9.) Corey Linsley
10.) Ty Montgomery (By default… because we literally have no one else behind him it seems)
Never had a hamstring pull? When you have a janky hamstring, the last thing you should do is play and tear it some more.
Miss one game or eight?
I like the quick sarcasm from lots of contributors, but agree with MJ. Robster has a gift for the research to write the suggested article. I also suggest to put together a “weighted average” of the relative impact of those hammies where an all pro gets a “higher score” than 3rd string back-up.
Something else to look into would be the injuries from playing on indoor turf to outside on natural turf.