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Injuries suddenly a concern for Packers

Donald Driver

The Steelers opened the week likely to be without center Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) and defensive end Aaron Smith (triceps), and looking like the Super Bowl XLV team with easily the most injury concerns.

The Packers are catching up.

Green Bay slot receiver Donald Driver, who battled a quad injury for all of the season’s second half, was held out of Thursday’s team drills with a quad injury.

He’s fine,” coach Mike McCarthy assured. “He wants to practice and all that, but I’m not taking any chances with him.”

McCarthy’s comments seem to indicate that Driver was held out as a precaution. We’ll see.

Packers linebacker Erik Walden (ankle) also came up “very sore” and missed team drills. He’ll likely be listed as questionable. Walden’s backup, Frank Zombo (knee) is practicing fully with the first team.

Packers left tackle Chad Clifton (knees) and backup offensive lineman Jason Spitz (calf) were both limited, but will be fine to play.

For the Steelers, Pouncey was held out of practice and coach Mike Tomlin says it’s “getting to the witching hour for Maurkice.” Pouncey needs to practice Friday to play Sunday.

Smith was limited Thursday, just as he has been throughout the playoffs.

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45 Responses to “Injuries suddenly a concern for Packers”
  1. neverend1 says: Feb 3, 2011 7:31 PM

    Sigh, more irrelevant injury hype for the packers. Lets congratulate how excellent of a coach mccarthy is keeping his team in place because frank zombo was hurt

  2. nssmuckers says: Feb 3, 2011 7:32 PM

    “The Packers are catching up.”

    No, they really aren’t.

  3. jc1958coo says: Feb 3, 2011 7:38 PM

    not to worry lots of back up! their fine and the steelers are going down! 34-24 packers not even close

  4. awluwm says: Feb 3, 2011 7:40 PM

    really?! are you that bored you had to write an article about backups, Driver is fine

  5. kcjohnson2 says: Feb 3, 2011 7:46 PM

    The Packers have been hit harder by injuries than any team in the NFL.

    Nick Barnett
    Atari Bigby
    Brad Jones
    Ryan Grant
    Mark Tauscher
    Jermichael Finley
    Brandon Chillar
    Morgan Burnett
    Justin Harrell
    Mike Neal

    and I think there’s one more, but it’s not coming to me.

    The Steelers’ loss of one player is a story?

  6. itwasagoodrun says: Feb 3, 2011 7:46 PM

    Only relevant injuries for pack would be Jennings, arod, Matthews, woodson, or t. Williams. No one else matters. Packers have YET to lose a key player for the entire season.

  7. myspaceyourface says: Feb 3, 2011 7:49 PM

    If you don’t have something to say, don’t say anything at all.

    This site continues to go down hill.

  8. jarrman46 says: Feb 3, 2011 7:50 PM

    I dont think the Packers have ever put out an injury report in the last dozen years that didnt have Chad Clifton on it.

    Man always plays no matter what. Spitz is a backup who never plays anyway. Driver could play on one leg and still be great. Walden is a concern but of our 11 defensive starters he is easily the 11th best.

  9. contra74 says: Feb 3, 2011 7:51 PM

    Finally! Here come the excuses ‘just in case’ the Packers lose. HAHAHAHA

  10. sterlingrodgers says: Feb 3, 2011 7:57 PM

    “Catching up”? Been in the lead all year, by a wide margin.

  11. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 3, 2011 7:59 PM

    Injuries?
    The ones they have now, or the ones they’re going to get?

  12. discosucs2005 says: Feb 3, 2011 8:00 PM

    I don’t think injuries are going to play that big of a role for either team. Pouncy is a great player but Raji was probably going to get a lot of double teams anyway, so it wont have as much of an impact as people have been saying.

    None of the Packer injuries seem like they will make any impact at all.

  13. longtimefan says: Feb 3, 2011 8:03 PM

    Zombo hasn’t played in a while and they won w/o him

    Walden is more of a concern

    Clifton hasn’t practiced in ages

    I expect Driver to play till they carry him off

  14. emac11 says: Feb 3, 2011 8:03 PM

    Walden is a concern, he didn’t practice today and I doubt he’ll play. Zombo hasn’t played in almost two months, so he’ll be rusty, and he was never as good as Walden, especially in pass coverage.

  15. 49erman says: Feb 3, 2011 8:04 PM

    Pouncey’s injury is a story because he is their Pro Bowl center.

  16. neverend1 says: Feb 3, 2011 8:05 PM

    “The Packers have been hit harder by injuries than any team in the NFL.

    Nick Barnett – Desmond Bishop has outpreformed him by far and away, especially against the run
    Atari Bigby – Did you watch the 09 packers? One of the weak links in their secondary
    Brad Jones – Who?
    Ryan Grant – James Starks is arguably better than Grant, more explosive and better vision. However his presence could have been used in the regular season
    Mark Tauscher – Bulaga has preformed admirably, bulaga is a much better run blocker than tauscher
    Jermichael Finley – Very big loss. Adequate depth behind him however
    Brandon Chillar – Who?
    Morgan Burnett – A rookie, was bound to blow some coverages and make some mistakes. Burnett was one of my fav players in the draft tho
    Justin Harrell – Who?
    Mike Neal – A developmental rookie who the packers purposely reached for in the draft because of his immense upside”

    If you look at their “serious, impactful” injuries they haven’t been hit hard than most teams. Nearly every team in the NFL not named the bears and falcons lose 1-3 terrific starters on their team, nobody wants to hear about the packers losing backups, rookies, and average players.

  17. lbpackfan says: Feb 3, 2011 8:08 PM

    contra74 says: Dec 11, 2010 6:55 PM

    1mge says:
    Dec 11, 2010 5:43 PM
    Packers 8-4
    Vikings 5-7
    —-
    Falcons 10-2
    Packers 8-4

    ————————————————-
    Falcons get owned by Pack in their home stadium in playoffs.

    Not relevant to post…but found it funny…digging in archives and finding this post from contra. HAHA.

  18. raiderspride says: Feb 3, 2011 8:12 PM

    Silva…

    You should write Kickers, Headlines, and The Deck for the National Enquier.

    Too funny…

  19. jc1958coo says: Feb 3, 2011 8:12 PM

    itwasagoodrun: jermichael finley, ryan grant if pittsburgh lost mendenhall and miller they’d be as bad as cinnciati !! MORON

  20. contra74 says: Feb 3, 2011 8:12 PM

    lbpackfan says:
    Feb 3, 2011 8:08 PM
    contra74 says: Dec 11, 2010 6:55 PM

    1mge says:
    Dec 11, 2010 5:43 PM
    Packers 8-4
    Vikings 5-7
    —-
    Falcons 10-2
    Packers 8-4

    ————————————————-
    Falcons get owned by Pack in their home stadium in playoffs.

    Not relevant to post…but found it funny…digging in archives and finding this post from contra. HAHA.
    ———-
    While you were doing that…men elsewhere were getting laid. Congrats!

  21. grandsonofcoach says: Feb 3, 2011 8:15 PM

    @itwasgoodrun

    Packers lost two key impact players. Finnley their TE who was pro bowl caliber and their starting RB Grant plus 13 other role players. Not many teams would have sniffed the playoffs with those losses much less the SB.

  22. spottailfisher says: Feb 3, 2011 8:20 PM

    myspaceyourface says: Feb 3, 2011 7:49 PM

    If you don’t have something to say, don’t say anything at all.

    This site continues to go down hill.

    ______________________________________

    and yet here you are reading it…

    and posting on it….

  23. jimmysee says: Feb 3, 2011 8:22 PM

    I mean come on — if the Packers are hit by injuries and starters can not play, they’ll sign a few street agents – one of whom will end up the MVP of the game.

    That’s the way it is with this team and Ted Thompson.

    Go Pack Go!

  24. sdboltaction says: Feb 3, 2011 8:25 PM

    How come so many people bitch about this site, what’s wrong with it?

  25. keramidas21 says: Feb 3, 2011 8:27 PM

    itwasagoodrun says: Feb 3, 2011 7:46 PM

    Only relevant injuries for pack would be Jennings, arod, Matthews, woodson, or t. Williams. No one else matters. Packers have YET to lose a key player for the entire season.
    —————————–

    So Ryan Grant, Jermichael Finley, Nick Barnett, Mark Tauscher, Morgan Burnett and Brad Jones are all irrelevant?

  26. firegoodell says: Feb 3, 2011 8:35 PM

    kcjohnson2 says:
    Feb 3, 2011 7:46 PM
    The Packers have been hit harder by injuries than any team in the NFL.

    Nick Barnett
    Atari Bigby
    Brad Jones
    Ryan Grant
    Mark Tauscher
    Jermichael Finley
    Brandon Chillar
    Morgan Burnett
    Justin Harrell
    Mike Neal

    and I think there’s one more, but it’s not coming to me.

    The Steelers’ loss of one player is a story?

    One steeler player?? and who would that 1 player be? Again, another poster making stupid comments that make the rest of his post less credible. So far this season the steelers have lost:

    their starting left tackle
    their starting right tackle
    probably their starting center for the SB
    the best 3-4 defensive end in the NFL
    their QB for the first 4 games
    the defensive MVP of the league for some games
    their punter – one of the best in the league

    so which is the 1 player you refer to???

  27. Deb says: Feb 3, 2011 8:46 PM

    Evan, what’s the first thing McCarthy said about Driver? He’s fine. Are you taking Mike’s online course in pot-stirring?

  28. Deb says: Feb 3, 2011 8:52 PM

    @kcjohnson2 …

    ROFL … we’re not listing every scrub on the team who’s been injured this season and pretending it’s a big deal. We lost our starting center–a starter in the Pro Bowl and ROY candidate–the game before the Super Bowl. We lost him from a line where we’ve been playing all season with third- and fourth-stringers. That’s kind of a big deal … to those who understand how the game is played. :roll:

    However, the standard of play is the standard of play no matter who is on the field. I have full confidence in the backup, Legursky. So we won’t be making any excuses no matter what happens.

  29. jc1958coo says: Feb 3, 2011 9:22 PM

    legursky is going to get a raji beat down sorry! big ben is going to get pressured all game! no place to go but down! 34-24 GREEN & GOLD

  30. itwasagoodrun says: Feb 3, 2011 9:28 PM

    keramidas21 says:
    Feb 3, 2011 8:27 PM
    itwasagoodrun says: Feb 3, 2011 7:46 PM

    Only relevant injuries for pack would be Jennings, arod, Matthews, woodson, or t. Williams. No one else matters. Packers have YET to lose a key player for the entire season.
    —————————–

    So Ryan Grant, Jermichael Finley, Nick Barnett, Mark Tauscher, Morgan Burnett and Brad Jones are all irrelevant?
    —————————
    They are not key injuries. Only key injury in the group maybe Finley.

    It’s funny, in the game the Rodgers got knocked out, and the following game he didn’t play in they LOST. In the game that Matthews didn’t play in, they LOST. They lose two of there key players for a total of three games and they lose. You can absorb an overrated RB like grant, an overrated ILB like Barnett, an older than dirt RT, a rookie safety and a second year LB pretty easily. There will be no excuses if they get their asses handed to them outside of the fact that they beat themselves because they are the more talented team.

    In fact, I’ll take it one step further, it’ll be a huge disappointment if they lose because they are more talented and the Packers will still have to deal with ole’ number 4.

    Steelers are actually more banged up and inferior in talent, but they’ll win because they’re the steelers and they win superbowls in the MODERN era.

  31. nssmuckers says: Feb 3, 2011 9:30 PM

    kcjohnson2 says:
    Feb 3, 2011 7:46 PM
    The Packers have been hit harder by injuries than any team in the NFL.

    Nick Barnett
    Atari Bigby
    Brad Jones
    Ryan Grant
    Mark Tauscher
    Jermichael Finley
    Brandon Chillar
    Morgan Burnett
    Justin Harrell
    Mike Neal

    and I think there’s one more, but it’s not coming to me.

    The Steelers’ loss of one player is a story?

    __________________________________

    One player? I think the Steelers are down to what, 2 starters from the line that started the season? Or just 1?

  32. holeinone09 says: Feb 3, 2011 9:35 PM

    If Raji doesn’t have a monster game, I will LMAO at all the great expectations and boasting people have been doing because Maurkice isn’t playing. I bet Doug is chomping at the bit to stuff on Raji on his tail. As well, Raji is so fat that he probably won’t catch Ben, or else Ben will stiff arm him like he did to Suggs. Game on!

    GO STEELERS!!

  33. sergisbauer says: Feb 3, 2011 9:43 PM

    If the title had been, “Driver held out of practice as precaution; McCarthy says ‘He’s fine’” no one would have read it.

    I know headlines are supposed to pull you in, but PFT needs to stop posting stories that aren’t really stories under misleading headlines if they aspire to credibility.

  34. firethorn1001 says: Feb 3, 2011 9:57 PM

    ‘They are not key injuries. Only key injury in the group maybe Finley. ‘

    Anything else you blather on about is pointless because this alone is a stupid statement.

  35. ncoolong says: Feb 3, 2011 10:10 PM

    kcjohnson2 says:
    Feb 3, 2011 7:46 PM
    The Packers have been hit harder by injuries than any team in the NFL.

    Nick Barnett
    Atari Bigby
    Brad Jones
    Ryan Grant
    Mark Tauscher
    Jermichael Finley
    Brandon Chillar
    Morgan Burnett
    Justin Harrell
    Mike Neal

    Isn’t Justin Harrell one of the Packers drafted players they hate to talk about, cuz it makes it look like they can’t evaluate talent?

    And who the F is Mike Neal?

  36. jamson64 says: Feb 3, 2011 10:18 PM

    Packers looking for excuses

    /sarc

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    jc1998coo— How old are you???

  37. packersrule52 says: Feb 3, 2011 10:34 PM

    Suddenly? They’ve been a concern all season.

    @itwasagoodrun

    Finley was definitely a key player, as well as Grant, Barnett, Tauscher, and Jones. Won’t argue Grant being overrated but Starks didn’t start playing til like week 10, and even then he only played sparingly towards the end of the season. Grant is definitely better then Brandon “I like to hop back and forth” Jackson.

    Bishop has shown that he is probably better then Barnett but Hawk sure as hell isn’t.

    Sure, we had Buluga there to come in and save the day, but Tauscher was pretty solid last year after he came back.

    As for Jones, he started 8 games last season and had 4 sacks. He was also great in coverage, and very assignment sure. Just because he isn’t Clay Matthews doesn’t mean he’s not key to defense. The OLB’s are probably the most important positions in the 3-4. Would you rather have a guy who had proven to be solid in the scheme, or an undrafted rookie FA who played DE in college?

    Even losing Chillar (who is their best cover LB) and Burnett hurt.

  38. deconjonesbitchslap says: Feb 3, 2011 11:06 PM

    mark taucher? mike neal? atari bigby? morgan burnett? justin harrell?

    how are these seen as significant injuries? the others were, but don’t add guys to the list that never did anything anyways.

    if one of the starting offensive lineman goes down, then you can start complaining, packer fans. the steelers are down to their 3rd and 4th string guys on parts of their offensive line. and lost their center last week. those are huge injuries. it’s why the packers are in the postseason: their offensive line stayed healthy this year. you can have all the fancy, pretty guys at the skill positions you want, but if you don’t have blockers, you’re not going anywhere on offense. plain and simple.

  39. Deb says: Feb 3, 2011 11:25 PM

    From the hoopla he caused the rest of the team with his selfishness, sounds to me like you’re better off without Barnett and should dump him as soon as the season ends.

  40. jc1958coo says: Feb 3, 2011 11:44 PM

    steelers are the ones crying about pouncey, 1 guy, pro bowler, but so is finley! play what you have, the best team will win. GREEN & GOLD

  41. pakrguru says: Feb 4, 2011 1:20 AM

    deconjonesbitchslap says:
    Feb 3, 2011 11:06 PM
    mark taucher? mike neal? atari bigby? morgan burnett? justin harrell?

    how are these seen as significant injuries? the others were, but don’t add guys to the list that never did anything anyways.

    if one of the starting offensive lineman goes down, then you can start complaining, packer fans. the steelers are down to their 3rd and 4th string guys on parts of their offensive line. and lost their center last week. those are huge injuries. it’s why the packers are in the postseason: their offensive line stayed healthy this year. you can have all the fancy, pretty guys at the skill positions you want, but if you don’t have blockers, you’re not going anywhere on offense. plain and simple.

    ————————————————–

    Pretty comical post there….Tauscher was the starting right tackle….so I guess that means we can start complaining, right? Mike Neal and Justin Harrell were contributing solid playing time on the defensive line….does that mean we should start crying?

    Riddle me this…if the Steelers lost Palamalou, Miller, and Mendenhall early in the season…..would the Steelers be here? I highly doubt it. Now plug in the name Burnett, Finley, and Grant, along with 12 others.

    Nevermind the fact that losing players that some on here are calling “scrubs” obviously means someone doesn’t understand the game. Backup linebackers are key special teams players. The Packers have 2 starters left out of 4. That means backups are starting….which means backups to those backups are starting on special teams. Besides the 2 starters lost, Chillar, Popinga, Zombo have missed most of the season, and now Walden is hurting. Take Woodley and Harrison out of Pittsburgh’s lineup, then run your pie hole.

    Losing your QB because he likes to get drunk and be an idiot isn’t exactly the same as losing a player to injury. Injury is happenstance, and an unforeseen outcome. Getting drunk and putting yourself in situations that the average individual would say are idiotic isn’t quite the same.

    And seriously….did you just say they lost their punter for the season? Unless his name is Ray Guy, its not that big of a loss. Seriously.

  42. dwhitehurst says: Feb 4, 2011 3:09 AM

    Heck, if EITHER team loses, some of their fans will no doubt cope with the loss by citing their specific players on IR and comfort themselves with the notion that “if only we had all of our players, we would’ve won.” Of course, backups are members of the team too, and how good a team really is includes how good the backups are. In defense of the Steelers fans, and I say this as a die hard Packers fan, I hear less of them citing their utterly depleted Offensive line.

    Point is: BOTH teams have lost some good players at key positions. So let’s stop whining about it and play the dang game. I just hope that without a doubt, the best team wins. If the Steelers prove by their game against the Pack to be the better team, then I can’t complain or make excuses, but will give the Steelers all the credit. Besides, if the Packers were to lose, I’d prefer to lose to a class organization with lots of tradition like the Steelers. No shame in that. I’d hope intelligent Steelers fans would feel the same way about the Packers if the opposite happens. Hope we both can hope for an entertaining game at least.

  43. rtmus53 says: Feb 4, 2011 3:38 AM

    Deb says:
    Feb 3, 2011 11:25 PM
    From the hoopla he caused the rest of the team with his selfishness, sounds to me like you’re better off without Barnett and should dump him as soon as the season ends.

    Thanks Deb- of all the posts I have read on this site,I think this is one of the best. He NEEDS to be gone! I would say “good luck” Sunday but as a Pack fan cannot; but if all plays out like it oughta, should be one of the best SB’s ever!

  44. dmretrogames says: Feb 4, 2011 8:16 AM

    “Packers lost two key impact players. Finnley their TE who was pro bowl caliber and their starting RB Grant plus 13 other role players. Not many teams would have sniffed the playoffs with those losses much less the SB.”

    The Steelers lost their two starting tackles (and were down to two 3rd string tackles for a short time) and their best DL. Troy missed games, Miller missed games, other linemen missed games. Injuries are part of the NFL.

    Oh, and the Steelers were down to their 4th string QB for a couple games in September.

    Both teams have dealt with adversity nicely – credit to the coaching.

  45. Deb says: Feb 4, 2011 3:47 PM

    @rtmus53 …

    Thanks! Can forgive all kinds of screwups on the field, but that kind of thing gets me. Loved our longtime kicker Jeff Reed, but he finally burned the bridge in similar fashion to Barnett this year, so “Bye, Jeff.” Glad the team felt the same.

    Instead of good luck, we can just wish for both teams to have a safe, injury-free game :)

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