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Packers' 60-second rant: Injuries aren't biggest problem

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

It's very hard not to focus on the multitude of injuries the Packers are being forced to deal with at the moment, with Aaron Rodgers' concussion and Clay Matthews' touch-and-go hamstring heading a list of bruised and battered Packer body parts that has to be at least a couple of pages long.

Obviously, if the Packers don't have Rodgers and Matthews in the starting lineup against the Dolphins at Lambeau Field this Sunday, Miami would have to feel a lot better about pulling off an ambush on the road.

Even if Green Bay's two most important players do somehow find a way to suit up in Week Six, the wounded Packers are still going to have their hands full, with key players such as TE Jermichael Finley, who is expected to be out 3-6 weeks with a right knee that will require surgery; special-teams ace Derrick Martin, who is expected to be out at least a couple of weeks with a knee injury; and MLB Nick Barnett, who is also facing surgery (wrist) and remains out indefinitely, already ruled out against the Dolphins.

But the bottom line is that, even though the Packers might not have ever been stung by the injury bug as badly as they have the last couple of weeks, there are still much bigger reasons that the team is sitting at 3-2 instead of 5-0, which it says here could very well be the case, save for just a few less ill-timed penalties, shoddy blocks, dropped passes and, most notably, errant passes from Rodgers.

Truth be told, there have been mystifying stretches in the early going this season when Rodgers just hasn't looked all that good. Same goes for normally dependable WRs Greg Jennings, who has only two catches each of the last three games, and Donald Driver, who had all kinds of problems holding on to Rodgers' passes against the Redskins.

Here's some more hard truth: The cumulative subpar effort up to now of these three key players is a lot more painful in the grand scheme of things than the Packers' industrial-sized injury list.

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