The first real indication that the Packers might have to face the Dolphins this Sunday without either Aaron Rodgers or Clay Matthews came courtesy of the team's Wednesday injury report, which revealed that neither player participated in Wednesday's practice. Rodgers suffered a concussion on his final offensive play of the game in the Week Five loss to the Redskins, while Matthews was removed near the end of the third quarter with a hamstring injury.
Fourteen players were listed on the report, including starters TE Jermichael Finley and MLB Nick Barnett, who are both out for extended periods with knee and wrist injuries, respectively, that will require surgery. Special-teams ace Derrick Martin, who was placed on injured reserve early Monday with a knee injury, also appeared on the list. Three other players who did not participate in practice were starters DE Ryan Pickett (ankle) and ORT Mark Tauscher (shoulder) and TE Donald Lee (chest).
Players who participated on a limited basis are as follows: LB Brandon Chillar (shoulder), starting OLT Chad Clifton (knee), starting FS Nick Collins (knee) and starting DRE Cullen Jenkins (hamstring/hand). Players on the report who participated fully in the practice are FB Quinn Johnson (glute) and CB Sam Shields (calf).
The way we see it
While it's obvious how much the Packers would miss Rodgers and Matthews, their best offensive player and defensive player, respectively, the loss of Pickett would be a blow but not a catastrophe, considering how well the defensive line played without him last week after he left the game very early with an ankle injury. NT B.J. Raji had his best game as a pro, and rookie Mike Neal made a strong impression for the second straight week.