Reports: Packers LB Barnett out for season

Posted Oct. 07, 2010 @ 10:07 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The injury bug has bitten the popular preseason Super Bowl favorite again. Reports have surfaced that Packers LB Nick Barnett will miss the rest of the 2010 season after suffering a wrist injury in Sunday's Week Four win over the Lions.

Barnett plans to get a second opinion this week, but has reportedly resigned himself to the fact that the injury — which is similar to the one that ended Bears LB Brian Urlacher's 2009 season — will require season-ending surgery.

The Packers have already lost RB Ryan Grant (ankle) and rookie S Morgan Burnett (ACL) for the season, S Nick Collins (knee) sat out Wednesday's practice and LB Brandon Chillar is nursing a shoulder injury.

Barnett has started 103 games in his career, all with the Packers, and has 15½ career sacks.

The way we see it

This would be another huge blow to a Packers team that has looked vulnerable the past two weeks with a loss to the Bears and a close win over the winless Lions. The defense had question marks coming into the season and losing Barnett, a vocal leader on the defense, just makes matters worse.