Sep 13, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji (90) rushes as Chicago Bears guard Lance Louis (60) and offensive tackle Gabe Carimi (72) block during the game at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Bears 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
With Wednesday comes the first wave of injury reports from both the St. Louis Rams and the Green Bay Packers. For the Rams, most of the players on the holdout list were expected. Danny Amendola, Mario Haggan, and Rodger Saffold are all expected to be out this week, and will likely not return to the field until after our Bye Week.
Both Hunter and Jenkins have been huge surprises this season. Wayne has been struggling with injury on almost a weekly basis, although he had been having knee issue for the last couple of weeks. Jenkins is the newest addition to the list, and the severity of the injury is still yet to be known. Likely, the holdout from practice is precautionary early in the week, so we will have to keep an eye on if he will be back on Thursday or Friday.
The walking wounded list is much longer for the Green Bay Packers. There are eight starters that were either limited or did not practice at all today,
For a defense that is already a bit shaky, the loss of these players would be catastrophic. Perry, Raji, and Shields are all starters and key players at their particular positions on the team. Raji is especially important on the interior of the line, maintaining blocks so that Clay Matthews can do his job on the pass rush. Smith may be the biggest loss to the defense, as the third leading tackler on the Green Bay defense. His had 39 total tackles, 2 sacks, and led the linebacking unit in pass deflection this season. His all-around game and ability to play in coverage underneath allowed Clay Matthews to move around and blitz the quarterback at will. D.J. Smith has officially been placed on the injury reserve.
With Bradford success against 3-4 base defenses, the Green Bay Packers will need all of their top players to control the St. Louis offense. Look back at the Washington Redskins game for an indication of just how effective Sam Bradford can be against a struggling 3-4, a game where he threw for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns, went 7 for 12 on third down, and racked up 452 total yards on way to 23 first downs and 31 points in the win.
If the defensive injuries were not bad enough, the starting quarterback, tight end, running back, and the veteran wide receiver were all limited or held out of practice. With the injury to Cedric Benson, Alex Green had filled in nicely over the past two weeks, picking up 128 yards on 32 carries, including a touchdown. Jenkins has been hurt for a couple of games now, but Finley is the fourth leading receiver on the team. Without those players, Nelson, Cobb, and Jones are the only receivers with 10 or more receptions, which will not bode well against a dominating St. Louis pass defense.