The 2013 season has been a frustrating year for the Green Bay Packers. The team has had to deal with a myriad of injuries, including ones to key players like quarterback Aaron Rodgers, wide receiver Randall Cobb, tight end Jermichael Finley, left tackle Bryan Bulaga and cornerback Casey Hayward.
Finley, Bulaga and Hayward are all out for the season and are on injured reserve. The knee injury that ended the season for Bulaga happened on the family night scrimmage the week after training camp started. That set the tone for the team in terms of injuries this season.
Cobb has missed eight games due to a leg injury he suffered against the Baltimore Ravens, and he was placed on the injured reserve, designated to return list. Cobb is eligible to come back anytime now, but he is making slow progress.
The biggest injury, of course, happened when Rodgers fractured his clavicle on November 4 versus the Chicago Bears. Rodgers hasn't played since then, and the team has gone 1-4-1 in his absence.
In his press conference on Wednesday, as reported by NFL.com's Marc Sessler, head coach Mike McCarthy said that Rodgers has still not been cleared medically after practicing with the team and he will be evaluated again on Thursday.
But the Packers are still in contention to win the NFC North with a 6-6-1 record, and they are only a half-game behind the 7-5 Detroit Lions with three games to play.
No matter what happens down the road this season, I believe the Packers have to do a number of things this offseason as they prepare for 2014.