Nick Barnett, the starting middle linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, will miss the rest of the season due to a torn knee ligament. Mike McCarthy announced the gut-wrenching news during his press conference on Monday.
The loss of Barnett comes at a very challenging time for the Packers, as they remain in a close race for first place in the NFC North, even with the loss to Minnesota. Barnett, who was always considered a key leader for Green Bay defense, will without a doubt be sorely missed.
Barnett was in the middle of a disappointing year, not only for himself, but for Green Bay’s defense. Because of this key loss, the run defense will suffer even more. The replacement for Barnett is not clear at this time. Desmond Bishop replaced the injured Barnett, but played poorly, giving up a touchdown to Chester Taylor on a short pass that turned into a 47-yard touchdown scamper.
Another short-term fix would consist of moving A.J. Hawk over to middle and inserting Brandon Chiller into a full-time starting role.
Best Wishes to Mr. Barnett on a speedy recovery, I look forward to seeing you next year, but please bring your "A" game next season.