The Green Bay Packers’ streak of injury luck has been a thing to behold this season. In Matt LaFleur’s first season as head coach, the Packers have avoided major injuries across nearly the entire roster, with only three particularly notable issues costing any important players games.
Wide receiver Davante Adams missed four games with turf toe. Hybrid safety/linebacker Raven Greene missed 14 games with an ankle injury. And left guard Lane Taylor missed 14 games on injured reserve with a biceps injury, though he was likely to be passed up by rookie Elgton Jenkins even if he had stayed healthy.
That’s it. That’s the list of key injuries during the regular season. Now, heading into the Divisional playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks, the team has two question marks on the offensive line. Center Corey Linsley and right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the Packers’ week 17 game in Detroit with a back injury and a concussion, respectively, but both practiced on Monday and appear to have a good chance to play on Sunday. And with Greene’s expected return to the roster, that would leave the Packers with 21 of 22 opening-week starters available for Sunday.
The Seahawks, like so many of the Packers’ opponents this year, are in a very different position. This Seattle team has seen key player after key player go down with injuries, particularly in the backfield and on the offensive line. Here is the list of the key players on injured reserve for the Seahawks, along with their projected role if the team had a full-healthy roster:
- Justin Britt (starting C)
- Ethan Pocic (starting LG)
- Will Dissly (starting TE)
- Ed Dickson (#2 TE)
- Chris Carson (starting RB)
- Rashaad Penny (#2 RB)
- C.J. Prosise (#3 or 4 RB)
- Tedric Thompson (starting FS)
Meanwhile, the Seahawks were also down starting left tackle Duane Brown and starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks for last week’s Wild Card win over Philadelphia. That made for seven projected starters out, and now with Ezekiel Ansah dealing with a knee injury, it could be as many as eight on the shelf for Sunday’s game.
The Packers avoided playing against some of the league’s more challenging weapons this year. Patrick Mahomes was out when Green Bay beat the Kansas City Chiefs in week 8, along with a handful of key Chiefs defensive players. Dalvin Cook missed the Packers’ week 16 win over the Vikings, which clinched the NFC North.
Now the Packers have yet another opportunity to make the most of a matchup with a shorthanded opponent, something they have done all season long.