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Surprise! Nick Perry Injured Again, Sent To PUP

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…

Mordecai Jones

Mordecai is a writer living in Los Angeles. He primarily writes screenplays, but also does crap like this because GREEN BAY PACKERS, baby!



  1. Cheese July 25, 2018

    Well fuck me Julie Banderas..

    Here we go again. Now all we have is the ghost of Clay Matthews and a bunch of nobodies. Good thing the OLB position wasn’t addressed at all in the offseason. Oh wait, they picked up a guy in the seventh round. That should do the trick.

    1. Mitch Anthony July 27, 2018

      I agree with your post.

      But mostly the first part.

  2. Big B July 25, 2018

    Thinking about Nick Perry makes me want to down some Zoloft, and maybe throw on a cast or two. His contract will haunt the Packers; MJ is right, cut him this year and there is $19M in dead money- not happening. He’s an annuity; if you whack him in 2019 there’s still an $11M dead money hit. It’s gotta get better doesn’t it? Nope. 2020 cut still wastes 7.4M and even in 2021 it’ll be a 3.7M hit to make him go away. Yikes. I need a Maalox/Zantac growler.

  3. PF4L July 25, 2018

    What’s Ahmad Brooks doin these days?

    I’m thinking about searching Nick Perry, and rehashing all the people who thought the Packers got a “bargain” signing him.

    I suppose i could just invoke the mercy rule. But that wouldn’t be any fun.

    I guess i could re-post my old post about the plethora of reasons the Packers giving him that contract was a huge mistake. Especially when all the warnings signs were flashing before they even signed him. But, that’s what desperate teams do when they can’t draft and convert i guess.

    Cue the Circus music…..here we go.

    1. Cheese July 26, 2018

      The circus music has been going for quite some time. It just never stopped so it’s easy to forget about while it plays non chalantly in the background.

  4. Howard July 26, 2018

    I think it is an ankle. That is what kept Perry out of OTAs. It doesn’t matter though it’s still another injury.

    Perry can be a bull when healthy. The problem is Perry is like a bull in a china shop. The other problem is Perry is not just the bull, he is also the china shop.

    1. PF4L July 26, 2018

      Pick a body part, this dude was on the injury list something like 14 out of 16 weeks last season with various injuries.

      Crazy ass money for a guy who got 11 sacks ….once. The Packers and some fans acted like reaching 11 sacks is some holy grail of elite pass rushing. I’ve been watching football for awhile, i’ve seen players reach 11 sacks in 6 – 8 games.

      I digress…stupid ass money.

  5. Kato July 26, 2018

    LMAO. That is all I have to say

  6. PF4L July 26, 2018

    ** ******
    03/09/2017 at 9:02 pm
    I’m going to go on record saying this will turn out to be a bargain.

    03/10/2017 at 1:59 pm
    If he’s a bargain at 12 mill. What’s he actually worth a year? 15 million?

    Put the bottle down son, help is available.