On Sunday I described the Packers loss to the Vikings as one of the "Most Painful Losses Ever". Some of you brought up some very good examples of losses that were much worse, which made me realize I may have over-stated things a little bit.
Nick Barnett would probably disagree.
Barnett, the Packers' best linebacker, left the game early yesterday after roughing up his knee. Today, doctors have found he has a torn knee ligament, and will miss the remainder of the season.
The Packers have already dealt with the scare of losing one of their best defensive starters when Al Harris sat out with a spleen injury earlier this season. Harris was able to return, but things don't look as bright in the Barnett scenario. This is a huge blow to the Packers, who can't afford injuries like this as they put together a playoff run.
Desmond Bishop and Brandon Chillar will likely see increased playing time as a result of the injury.