Early Packers post-mortem after Week Five loss

Posted Oct. 11, 2010 @ 2:07 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

While many of the specifics on the multitude of injuries currently plaguing the Packers won't become known until either MRIs or surgeries are completed as the week wears on, progress reports already have begun to flood the Internet.

Most notably on the day after Green Bay's costly loss in overtime to the Redskins, various media outlets reported that TE Jermichael Finley is likely to miss about three weeks with a "minor knee scope," and MLB Nick Barnett, who suffered what was believed to be a season-ending wrist injury in Week Four, might be able to return to action in 6-8 weeks. In both Finley and Barnett's cases, surgeries are planned for Friday.

What follows is a quick breakdown of other revelations from Packers head coach Mike McCarthy in a Monday briefing with the local media:

• QB Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a concussion on the final play against Washington, is expected to get limited practice time this week and quite conceivably could be ruled out of this Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

• OLB Clay Matthews' hamstring strain is reportedly not as significant as the one he had in training camp, but McCarthy said it was too early to tell whether both Matthews and DT Ryan Pickett (ankle) could play this Sunday until they had MRIs.

• The most serious injury on Sunday might have been suffered by special-teams ace Derrick Martin, who McCarthy said has a "significant" knee injury that will knock Martin out for more than a few weeks.

• McCarthy said backup TE Donald Lee, who suffered a shoulder injury against the Redskins, is likely to miss a few weeks.