Cardinals vs. Packers: Green Bay Wins, but Injuries Keep Piling Up for Packers

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers rushes between Rich Ohrnberger #72 (L) and Bobby Massie #70 of the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field on November 4, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 31-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers torched the vaunted Arizona Cardinals secondary for four touchdowns Sunday but lost some more players on both offense and defense while he did it.

Jordy Nelson played but left again with an ankle injury that has been plaguing him. He was joined by right tackle Bryan Bulaga (hip) and Clay Matthews (hamstring), who left the game as well.

Nelson was a surprising addition to the active roster this week to begin with, and it's a bit surprising with the play by Randall Cobb and James Jones of late that the team would risk further injury to him right before the bye week.

However, both the injury to Bulaga and the one to Matthews, if they linger past the bye week, could be even bigger than Nelson's.

At least with Nelson you have a replacement in Randall Cobb, who scored two touchdowns and added a ton of all-purpose yards catching the ball, running the ball and returning kicks and punts.

James Jones also contributes on a regular basis, adding another 61 yards and a touchdown.

Both Matthews and Bulaga (especially Matthews) are harder to replace, the injuries just piling up on defense.

All things being equal, the fact that the Packers are in such good shape and winning despite the M*A*S*H unit of injuries on defense is impressive.

The run game is still a little balky, as well. Alex Green did alright but still struggled too often, while James Starks' productivity dropped as he got more carries. 

The upside, though, is that together they may be the one-two punch the team needs to get them to the return of Cedric Benson—which is really the theme of the whole season right now.

Hang on until the injuries stop piling up and you get healthy.

With every win, they get one step closer.

 

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