Earlier today, we posted a couple of items regarding the consternation of Packers players on injured reserve who will be omitted from the official team photo.
The Packers responded, explaining that the volume of players on I.R. drove the decision to leave the players in Green Bay until Thursday, two days after the photo is taken.
Tonight, Saints linebacker Scott Shanle chimed in via Twitter. “[W]e had a lot of guys on I.R. too,” Shanle said, referring to the 2009 Saints. “[W]e included everyone because everyone had a part in getting there. [T]he way it should be.”
We agree with Shanle. Though the Packers’ goal is and should be winning the Super Bowl, we don’t see the connection between leaving them behind and bringing the Vince Lombardi Trophy home.
The players on injured reserve landed there through no fault of their own. They’re still part of the team, and they should be included in all of the Super Bowl-related activities.