The Green Bay Packers have played two preseason games, and have two wins. The first string offense has come out and completely dominated the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills first string defenses. In these two games they have amassed 48 points for and 21 points against... not bad at all.
But there is an underlying current, that if not checked, is going to become a raging river. It's called the injury bug, and it has claimed some more players this game.
Rookie Devin Frischknecht (TE) was taken off on a stretcher and taken to the hospital after sustaining what appeared to be a serious ankle injury. Plus, you can add Nick Collins (S) and backup quarterback Matt Flynn.
At the post-game interview, Head Coach Mike McCarthy downplayed the latter two injuries, but did admit under further questioning that the injury bug is starting to concern him.
Let's list the walking wounded before Saturday's contest:
DEFENSE - Johnny Jolly (DE), Cullen Jenkins (DE), Justin Harrell (DE), Clay Matthews (LB), Jeremy Thompson (LB), Nick Barnett (LB), Brad Jones (LB), Anthony Smith (S), Atari Bigby (S), Aaron Rouse (S), Pat Lee (CB)
OFFENSE - Kregg Lumpkin (FB), James Jones (WR), JaRon Harris (WR), Scott Wells (C), Chad Clifton (T)
Although it didn't appear to faze the first string defense, the second string defense seemed to be lacking the depth, having to fill in with third, fourth and fifth stringers. It showed in the third and fourth quarters when the defense finally yielded its first points of the preseason. Penalties and sloppy tackling were abundant.
Even though it's still early, the Packers need to get ahead of this injury bug or the promise of this new season will soon be forgotten.