DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Desmond Bishop #55 of the Green Bay Packers watches the action from the sidelines during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Packers defeated the Lions 27-15. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
The Green Bay Packers have a short injury list, but it's got a high profile. Four starters are out, but as we all learned last season, they have depth to weather most injuries.
Clifton is out again after a back injury further delayed his return from a severe hamstring injury. Bishop and Sitton were both hurting before the game against the Lions, and they both left in worse shape then they started. Bishop apparently aggravated his existing calf injury, while Sitton might have re-injured a knee he hurt back in 2008. Hawk injured his calf during the first half of the Lions game. While those four players have been ruled out, everyone else should play.
With both Bishop and Hawk out, the Packers need two defenders to wear the helmet communicators used to call the defensive plays. They had been the only two players to wear them this season, and they were forced to call the defense using hand signals in the second half after both players went out. The job this week went to two of their least experienced players, Morgan Burnett and D.J. Smith. Maybe it's a privilege, but it sounds like a burden. Charles Woodson was supposed to wear one of them, but he didn't like it.
Big Blue View seemed most interested in the return of RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who could have a big game (he's still a game time decision) since the Packers have trouble stopping running backs on the ground or through the air. LB Michael Boley's another game time decision, and with LB Mark Herzlich out, their depth at linebacker must be paper thin without Boley. WR Mario Manningham looks unlikely to play (adjust your fantasy roster accordingly). But the loss of DE Osi Umenyiora is big. The Giants best chance of slowing the Packers down is if they can generate a pass rush with their front four. That's going to be a lot harder without Umenyiora.
The Packers complete injury report, from Packers.com, is after the jump.
|Player||Pos.||Injury||Fri. Participation||Fri. Status|
|Desmond Bishop||LB||Calf||Did not participate||Out|
|A.J. Hawk||LB||Calf||Did not participate||Out|
|Andrew Quarless||TE||Groin||Did not participate||Probable|
|James Starks||RB||Knee/Ankle||Full participation||Probable|