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In many ways, the injury situation on the 2012 team is eerily similar to the 2010 Green Bay team that wound up winning the Super Bowl. The Packers had to put 15 players on injured reserve that season, but still ended up winning Super Bowl XLV.
The Packers have only placed five players so far on injured reserve this season (Desmond Bishop, Johnny Jones, Nick Perry, Brandon Saine and D.J. Smith), plus placed another (Cedric Benson), on the injured reserve; designated for return list.
But the team has also had a number of nagging injuries to key players that have cost some of them significant playing time.
The offense ended up putting out a lineup versus the Cardinals in Week 9 that was missing five starters from the squad. Those players were active when Green Bay took on the San Francisco 49ers on opening weekend.
The defense didn't fare much better against Arizona—they were missing five starters at the end of the game as well.
The Packers have employed a next man up mentality so far in 2012, and the team has been able to overcome the injuries it has suffered so far.
Here is a quick snapshot of the players affected by injuries:
Wide Receiver Greg Jennings had abdominal surgery last week. He's expected back in a few weeks.
Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson suffered a hamstring injury a couple of weeks back, and then rolled an ankle against Arizona. He's expected to be back for the game against Detroit on November 18th.
Fullback John Kuhn missed the game against Arizona due to a hamstring injury. He's expected back for the Detroit game.
Right Offensive Tackle Bryan Bulaga suffered a hip injury against the Cardinals. The extent of the injury has yet to be determined.
Defensive End Jerel Worthy missed the Arizona game due to a concussion. He's expected back for the game against Detroit.
Safety Charles Woodson broke his collarbone again (also broken in Super Bowl XLV) versus the St. Louis Rams. He's expected to be sidelined for several weeks, but he is expected back for the last couple of games of the season.
Outside Linebacker Clay Matthews suffered a hamstring injury against the Cardinals and may miss a couple of games.
Cornerback Sam Shields suffered a knee/shin injury in the Houston game and has been out of the line up ever since. He's expected to be back shortly.
The Packers have also brought back two players from the PUP list (physically unable to perform) when they recently activated outside linebacker Frank Zombo and tight end Andrew Quarless.
Offensive tackle Derek Sherrod has been given a three-week window to see if he is able to come off the PUP list as well.
Bottom line: The Packers have to keep being productive on the field, no matter which player is out there. So far, the depth accumulated by Ted Thompson has been a real plus to the team in 2012.