Injuries plagued the Green Bay Packers last year, and while losing 15 people to injured reserve didn't help anything, the Packers still managed to win the Super Bowl.
The Packers have managed to keep away from the injury bug during the preseason, with all of their key injured players likely to return sometime within two to three weeks.
This injury however could be one that the Packers won't be able to rebound from.
Despite losing so many players on defense, the Packers were able to find the right players to keep their defense from slipping. Howard Green, Erik Walden, Charlie Peprah, C.J. Wilson, Desmond Bishop and Sam Shields all played admirably in taking the place of injured starters.
But I find it very difficult to see just who can possibly replace a player like Tramon Williams.
Williams walked off the field holding his right hand, and appeared to injure his wrist, though it is now thought to be a shoulder injury. That's a little better than a wrist injury, because as we all know, those are very seriously season or even career ending. Brian Urlacher and Nick Barnett are two players who missed a lot of playing time because of wrist injuries.
Kevin Seifert of ESPN noted that Williams was in just as much pain in the locker room after the game as he was when he was first injured.
That is not good news.
Williams had a pro bowl year with seven interceptions, and two key interceptions in the post season and is highly regarded as one of the better shutdown corners in the game today.
His value to the team is so high that if I were given the choice of keeping him or Charles Woodson, I would ultimately take Williams.
If Williams is out for the season, or even a large number of games, it could potentially spell a monster load of trouble for the Packers. Stay tuned.