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The 2013 regular season has not even started yet, and the Green Bay Packers have already had to place five players on injured reserve. Included in the group are starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga (ACL) and starting running back DuJuan Harris (knee).
The team also placed wide receivers Sederrik Cunningham and Kevin Dorsey, as well as linebacker Jarvis Reed.
The team also has four players on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, as offensive tackle Derek Sherrod, safety Sean Richardson, offensive lineman J.C. Tretter and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy are part of that group.
The team also has an assortment of other key players who have had injuries. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson had a knee procedure earlier in camp, while fellow wide receiver Randall Cobb has been battling through a biceps issue.
The injury bug has also affected the defense, as both cornerback Casey Hayward and safety Morgan Burnett are dealing with hamstring issues, as has linebacker Brad Jones, while cornerback Tramon Williams just came back from a knee injury.
No. I pick Datone Jones is trying to recover from a sprained ankle. Jones has played the past two games with the injury at defensive end, and one can tell that his speed and quickness have been affected.
This almost looks like the 2010 Green Bay team, which ended up putting 15 players on IR that year. Through all of that, the Packers still went on to win Super Bowl XLV.
The Packers are talented enough to be Super Bowl contenders to battle through most of these injuries, but one person that the team can absolutely not afford to lose for any length of time is quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Bottom line, you always want to put your best players on the field, and it is starting to look like the team is finally getting healthier.