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More On The Packers Preseason Win Over The Seahawks

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The good news is that the Green Bay Packers suffered few injuries during the game at Seattle. Mike McCarthy only mentioned two: RB Quinn Porter (ankle) and WR Brett Swain. Porter didn't return, but Swain only had the wind knocked out of him, and he did return. This was a big opportunity lost for Porter. He could have had the entire 4th quarter to himself. Instead FB John Kuhn played tailback for a few carries, and then RB Brandon Jackson came back in for a 26 yard run and 12 yard game winning TD run. If Porter remains out, only RB Ryan Grant and Jackson remain available (with RB Kregg Lumpkin and RB James Starks already out). Grant is playing but he suffered a concussion during the preseason opener against the Browns. Only Jackson has come through the preseason unscathed (and I probably just jinxed it for him).

While they've struggled to keep their running backs healthy, the linebackers haven't fared much better. LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), LB Brad Jones (shoulder), and LB A.J. Hawk (ankle), which he injured in practice on Thursday, were all held out against the Seahawks. It's keeping them out now, but I haven't read anything that said those are serious injuries. So it's given more playing time for LB Desmond Bishop with the first team defense (such as it remains intact) and LB Robert Francois in the 2nd half. Due to injuries and certain veterans (CB Charles Woodson and LB Nick Barnett) given the game off to rest, the starting defense on Saturday night only had about one-half of the actual first team defenders.

LB Brandon Chillar is seeing the same thing I've been seeing in the first two preseason games. According to the Journal-Sentinel, he said it's a "little humbling" to watch his play in the first two games. He's still getting after the ball and making tackles, but now he's at outside LB and providing no pass rush.