Tackle Bryan Bulaga was supposed to start training camp on the physically unable to perform list. It was expected, while he recovers from his umpteeth knee injury. That did indeed take place. Linebacker Nick Perry was supposed to be the bookend to Clay Matthews at outside linebacker.
Instead, the Green Bay Packers sent Perry to the PUP with a hand injury.
Let’s just get this out of the way. Nick Perry is made of glass. He has never not been injured. Even when he’s healthy, he’s playing injured.
Anyway, all is not necessarily totally lost here. The preseason PUP list rules are different than the regular season rules. Essentially, as soon as doctors clear Perry he can join his teammates at training camp.
Of course, there’s cause for concern with Perry. He had hand surgery last September. He broke his hand the previous December and had surgery then too.
Perhaps we should wrap that thing in a permanent club and just be done with it.
So while Perry can come off the PUP when cleared, this is Nick Perry. I’ll believe it when I see it. There’s obviously no reason for him to be out there with a club during the preseason. There’s also obviously no reason the Packers can’t go and find a decent hand surgeon.
The side effect of this news is it opens the door for guys like Vince Biegel and Reggie Gilbert to get valuable reps.
Two final points.
There is no way the Packers can cut Perry if one of these youngsters were to step up. They’d have to suck up $19 million in dead cap money if they did. Perry’s $59 million deal has four years remaining, including this one.
Second, it’s a good thing the Packers didn’t add any outside linebacker depth this offseason…