Injured Players the Packers Will Miss the Most This Season

Michael DulkaContributor IAugust 28, 2012

Injured Players the Packers Will Miss the Most This Season

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    The Green Bay Packers have been relatively lucky with injuries during the 2012 NFL Preseason. There have been plenty of banged up players, but the serious injuries have been fairly rare.

    The Packers should enter their season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at almost close to full strength in terms of starters.  

    While the Packers haven't been devastated by injuries, there are players that they will certainly miss for the season, or simply for part of the season. 

Derek Sherrod

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    Derek Sherrod suffered a nasty broken leg against Kansas City last season and is fighting to make the opening day roster. Having not practiced yet this preseason, Sherrod is still a candidate for the PUP list. 

    Without Sherrod, the Packers' offensive line depth is pretty slim. Sherrod provides the Packers with cover at the tackle position. Marshall Newhouse has been up and down this preseason and could use the competition that Sherrod will bring once he returns.

    Even if Sherrod is put on the PUP list and can come back at some point this season, it would be welcome news for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.   

Andrew Quarless

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    The Packers have plenty of other receiving options at both the wide receiver and tight end positions, but Andrew Quarless' "big play" ability will be missed.

    Put on the PUP list, Quarless will miss at least the first six games of the season after suffering a knee injury last season. 

    Quarless proved his worth in 2010 when the Packers lost Jermichael Finley to a knee injury.

    Quarless caught 21 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown while playing in 10 games. In 2011, he saw limited playing time behind Jermichael Finley, but he was still developing nicely. 

    While Quarless' absence during at least the first six weeks won't hurt the Packers much, he does provide the Packers with another vertical threat at tight end. His receiving skills are second only  behind Finley's among the Packers' options at tight end. 

    The less time Quarless plays this season, the less time he has to develop. With Finley becoming a free agent in the summer of 2014, the Packers could highly benefit from Quarless reaching his potential. 

Davon House

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    Davon House was having one of the most impressive preseasons of the entire roster.

    A shoulder injury ended his preseason and now House is fighting to be ready for the regular season.

    According to Wes Hodkiewicz and the Green Bay Press Gazette, House's shoulder injury "shouldn’t require surgery unless it happens to pop out again."

    With Sam Shields struggling in House's absence, the Packers have relied on Jarrett Bush as the starting right cornerback.

    If House can't get back in time for the regular season opener, or happens to have his shoulder pop out, the Packers are significantly weakened at the position. 

    Without House healthy, the Packers would rely on Bush, Shields and rookie Casey Hayward to hold down the position. It can be done, but would not be a favored situation. 

Desmond Bishop

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    Desmond Bishop was placed on the Injured Reserve list yesterday, effectively ending his 2012 season before it could begin.

    The Packers will miss him. Not because of his replacement, but because of A.J. Hawk. 

    Backup D.J. Smith is now the full time starter after filling in last season. Smith was very good during his time playing while both Hawk and Bishop were injured. This offseason and preseason, Smith continued to build on his success and looked primed to challenge Hawk for his job. 

    Instead of winning the job outright, Smith takes over for Bishop and will play alongside Hawk. Smith should fill in well and have an impact, but Hawk will likely continue to struggle and be outshone by Smith.