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Casey Hayward won’t play against 49ers

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The Packers will be down a cornerback when they face the 49ers to kick of the 2013 season.

Coach Mike McCarthy said at his Wednesday press conference that Casey Hayward will not play. Hayward injured his hamstring early in training camp and then wound up aggravating the injury upon his return to work in the later part of August. McCarthy said there was no timetable for his return.

Hayward had eight interceptions while playing mostly in the slot for the Packers last season and appeared to be headed back for that role this season after any challenge for a different role this season went up in smoke when he got hurt. Given how well he played there as a rookie and how often the Packers go with three corners, it’s a significant loss for the defense.

McCarthy pointed to Micah Hyde as a player who will have to step up in Hayward’s absence. Sam Shields and Tramon Williams are expected to start at corner for the Packers with Hyde and Davon House joining them in sub packages for at least the opener.

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39 Responses to “Casey Hayward won’t play against 49ers”
  1. thepftpoet says: Sep 4, 2013 3:16 PM

    Bad news for the packers, this definitely won’t help their already depleted defense losing their teams best CB now that Noodle-legged Hayward is out the whole game

  2. Norseman says: Sep 4, 2013 3:17 PM

    Packers are gonna get spanked by the 9ers.

  3. trollsetter says: Sep 4, 2013 3:18 PM

    Surprise surprise. The little defense that couldn’t.

  4. jrmbadger says: Sep 4, 2013 3:24 PM

    @thepftpoet, your favorite team starts Christian Ponder at Quarterback. Let that sink in and burn a little bit.

  5. deltaoracle says: Sep 4, 2013 3:27 PM

    Actually the GB defense is the very picture of health, at least compared to the offense. There are certainly more fearsome passing attacks that they could be facing.
    It doesn’t help, but that’s football. An already tough task will be a little tougher; other players will have to step it up a notch.

  6. braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 4, 2013 3:30 PM

    To all the Packer fans out there may your team play hard and avoid injury. Likewise I will be rooting for my Niners to start the season with a victory!

    Raise your beer gentleman …. Football is back!

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  7. f1restarter says: Sep 4, 2013 3:32 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Bad news for the packers, this definitely won’t help their already depleted defense losing their teams best CB now that Noodle-legged Hayward is out the whole game
    ——————————
    Ironically, Casey Hayward was found to have a better arm than Christian Ponder.

  8. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 4, 2013 3:33 PM

    The Packers may lose… in fact I think they will.

    But what’s going to be waaaay more embarrassing is the Lions spanking the flash in the pan Vikings, who will be in the mix for Clowney.

  9. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 4, 2013 3:35 PM

    Get better man. It’s crazy to think that our third best corner is better than any of the defensive backs in Minny.

    Ted Thompson is a magician.

  10. jrmbadger says: Sep 4, 2013 3:43 PM

    For those who actually wanna discuss football instead of trolling:

    I’m ok rolling with Micah Hyde. With the 49ers down Crabtree, Walker, and Moss so they aren’t quite as deep and they don’t have any real speed burners (which is Hyde’s weakness) so I don’t think the difference between Hyde and Hayward is going to factor into the outcome much.

    The return of Patrick Willis and Cobb/Nelson will factor in WAY more.

  11. trollsetter says: Sep 4, 2013 3:45 PM

    The yokel packer fans forget just how badly they were eliminated in the playoffs at the hands of a superior, in all phases, football team last year.

    I swear that packer fans have been stuck in a fugue state since that playoff loss.

  12. wisportsfanpbbb says: Sep 4, 2013 3:47 PM

    House is not a make or break guy for this defense this week. And that Hyde kid has looked like he could be the best player the Packers drafted this year. He is fast, physical, and instinctive. I am cautiously optimistic about the Packers chances against the 49ers. They may lose, but they won’t be caught off guard like last year. Should be a great game.

  13. 7ransponder says: Sep 4, 2013 3:49 PM

    ponderthedumpoffking says:
    Sep 4, 2013 3:33 PM
    The Packers may lose… in fact I think they will.

    But what’s going to be waaaay more embarrassing is the Lions spanking the flash in the pan Vikings, who will be in the mix for Clowney.

    —————————–

    Someone whose offense depends completely on a QB behind a porous O-line shouldn’t be hoping for the Vikings, or any NFCN team for that matter, to land Clowney, who will destroy Rodgers given the chance.

  14. vikingsfan4life says: Sep 4, 2013 3:54 PM

    jrmbadger says:

    @thepftpoet, your favorite team starts Christian Ponder at Quarterback. Let that sink in and burn a little bit.

    ————————
    Do you mean the same Ponder who beat the Packers in week 17? The loss which took away the Packers first-round bye? The same Ponder who threw for 3 TDs in the game and had a QB rating of 120?

    Just checking.

  15. rikker12 says: Sep 4, 2013 3:54 PM

    Whenever there is a negative thread on the Packers, It brings out the lowest trolls out there… Next time you have something negative to say about the Packers, do us a favor, and have a point!! Cause they don’t make a whole lot of sense……
    The Pack will be fine without Hayward.. We have depth, and plus no need to jeopardize the season over one game..

  16. jack3dsd says: Sep 4, 2013 3:54 PM

    The Packers just churn out good corners

  17. contra74 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:00 PM

    The love obsession with the Vikings continues! Somehow, some way…a Packers/49′ers thread was turned into a Vikings related comment section by the packer faithful. LOL

  18. winnebagowarrior says: Sep 4, 2013 4:00 PM

    Not ideal to lose Heyward, but Micah Hyde can play that slot position and has done extremely well all off-season. Cornerback is gonna be the least of their worries in this game.

  19. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 4, 2013 4:02 PM

    vikingsfan4life says:
    Sep 4, 2013 3:54 PM
    jrmbadger says:

    @thepftpoet, your favorite team starts Christian Ponder at Quarterback. Let that sink in and burn a little bit.

    ————————
    Do you mean the same Ponder who beat the Packers in week 17? The loss which took away the Packers first-round bye? The same Ponder who threw for 3 TDs in the game and had a QB rating of 120?

    Just checking.

    —-

    One good game in how many? 30?

    Buckle up! He’s on a roll!

  20. mn1288 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:04 PM

    7ransponder – smart comment considering the vikes would be just as bad, if not worse, without AP.

  21. sandblastermoron says: Sep 4, 2013 4:05 PM

    And nothing of value will be lost!

  22. youngdru88 says: Sep 4, 2013 4:05 PM

    He actually had 6 int’s… a simple click on the hyperlink can tell you that…

  23. bordner says: Sep 4, 2013 4:08 PM

    jrmbadger says:
    Sep 4, 2013 3:43 PM

    For those who actually wanna discuss football instead of trolling:
    ————————————
    Reading every Packer article over the past 6 months has made me realize that this site is primarily FOR trolling. I can’t wait until the vikings are out of it by Week 6 and their fairweather fans disappear.

  24. trollsetter says: Sep 4, 2013 4:10 PM

    Here’s the point @rikker12, the Packer’s defense is a joke. You’re not going to win in the playoffs with the obvious lack of talent they’re fielding on that side of the ball.

    Don’t let the only thing in your life blind you from seeing their deficiencies ya rube.

  25. allday28mvpmvp says: Sep 4, 2013 4:14 PM

    9ers will prove they are still superior to the Pack

  26. tutamus says: Sep 4, 2013 4:16 PM

    @VikingsFan4Life

    “The loss which took away the Packers first-round bye? ”

    Did you see that game? It was still a first-round bye.

  27. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 4, 2013 4:18 PM

    As much as I despise the 9ers, I have a hard time imagining them losing to GB. I see it playing out much the same way as the last time they met. With or without #52.

  28. golforepar says: Sep 4, 2013 4:24 PM

    Love the comments from the queens fans! The same fans that celebrated a one-in-done in the playoffs last year.

  29. jack3dsd says: Sep 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    Hyde looks pretty good blitzing in that woodson type role. I hope Clay breaks Kaepernicks little bird legs.

  30. deltaoracle says: Sep 4, 2013 4:29 PM

    Contra, the first three comments on the story came from Mini fans, who as usual are desperate to invade and be included in the grownups’ discussion. Yes, best policy is to ignore them, but there are times when the flies get too annoying to abide.

  31. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 4, 2013 4:35 PM

    No doubt it’s a loss. He had 6 INTs last year. That’s almost as many as that vaunted minny defense had in total. But, injuries are a part of te game. You won’t see us complaining. Hyde will have to step up and I have the autmost confidence in his abilities. Go Packas!

  32. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Sep 4, 2013 4:38 PM

    Well no wonder, he should get a properly sizes bike. Don’t they pay those guys in Green Bay?

  33. skittlesareyum says: Sep 4, 2013 4:44 PM

    At what point do the Packers clean house with their training staff? I’m getting sick of this. It happened last year with Jordy Nelson too.

    “You’re good to go, Jordy!”
    “Oh, you hurt your hamstring almost immediately? Odd…”

  34. vikingsfan4life says: Sep 4, 2013 4:50 PM

    tutamus says:

    @VikingsFan4Life

    “The loss which took away the Packers first-round bye? ”

    Did you see that game? It was still a first-round bye.
    —————————-
    If you think not having a first round bye meant something to your beloved team, then you must not have been watching when CK ran, over, through, and around your pathetic D for 180+ yards the following week.

  35. pop562 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:28 PM

    All I know is the Packers defense is going to be well prepared for my 49ers team. Packers defense has been studying the read option for almost 9 months now and packers know they can hit a QB who runs the read option because they give themselves up as a pocket passer. Packers defense looked really good against the Seahawks during preseason. I expect a very good game and the team with the last 2 minute will win with a field goal.

  36. ponderthedumpoffking says: Sep 4, 2013 8:14 PM

    Again, Vikes fans calling the Packers defense bad?

    The Packers were better at sacks, interceptions, yards allowed, and points allowed than the vikings.

    Oh, and the Vikes best defenders are on the wrong side of 30.

    Uh oh.

  37. hrmlss says: Sep 5, 2013 2:14 PM

    Watching Hyde at Iowa the last 4 years makes me perfectly comfortable to roll with him. He’s slower, but plays smart, is always around the ball, and likes the end zone.

  38. jimmysee says: Sep 5, 2013 6:49 PM

    jack3dsd says:
    Sep 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    Hyde looks pretty good blitzing in that woodson type role. I hope Clay breaks Kaepernicks little bird legs.

    ———————————————————-

    As a lifelong Packers fan on the north side of 60, I want to say this guy does not speak for Packers fans — he’s basically an idiot.

    We do not want any player to be injured.

    Play the game with all intensity — but no one should be rooting for injury.

    For anyone.

    It’s a game, for crud’s sake.

    Go! Pack! Go!

  39. xlvbonanzai says: Sep 6, 2013 10:14 PM

    Lots of trash talking going on….I like it.

    I think anyone that has been around for awhile knows that Dom Capers, Kevin Green and crew are not hacks as defensive minds. Having eight months to prepare, getting Neil, Jolly, Perry back as well as drafting Jones (who is making waves) will toughen the unit.

    The Packers D was 11 overall last year, up from 31st. This won’t be a walk in the park for the 9ers and they know it.

    Listen to Harbaugh trying to warn refs and complain through the media before the season even starts. He’s scared….no other excuse for his ranting.

    If anyone was inclined to bet, I would advise betting against the Packers here.

    It’s going to be a great game

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