When I whipped up the Week 9 team-by-team grades on Sunday, I noted that it's pretty tremendous for the Packers to be hitting their bye when they are because of the litany of injuries they're dealing with.
At least one major injury won't be solved by a one-week break, however, as Mike McCarthy said on Monday that Clay Matthews will miss "a couple weeks" with his hamstring issue.
McCarthy at podium-Matthews (hamstring) early diagnosis is it may be a couple of weeks. Clay doesn't feel it's as bad as it was in the past— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 5, 2012
Matthews is, without question, the most important player on the Packers' defense. They need him healthy if they want to make another Super Bowl run, so it's at least good that Matthews doesn't apparently think this hamstring issue is as bad as previous ones that he has dealt with.
But Green Bay has plenty of other injury issues as well. Jordy Nelson surprisingly started in Week 9 against the Cardinals, but he didn't last long in the game, leaving after his first target with a sprained ankle. McCarthy said it wasn't as serious as it could've been however.
"I think he's going to be OK," McCarthy said of Nelson.
Rookie linebacker Nick Perry suffered a knee injury during the Packers win over the Texans and hasn't played since. McCarthy said the former USC standout is "getting a second opinion," which typically means the first opinion didn't come out the way the Packers wanted it to.
The Packers are also hoping to get Greg Jennings back some time soon after the bye.
Clearly, the week off is going to help the Packers and, once again, it comes at a perfect time. They're rolling on the football field right now, but they're also banged up. Getting a week to rest and regroup for the stretch run is a huge advantage for a team that quickly righted the ship before the second half of the season.
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