Injuries to important players like Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson and Sam Shields took its toll on the defense throughout the season, but now it appears to be the injuries on the offensive side of the football are impacting the team moving forward in the playoffs.
Losing two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings for eight games this season was arguably the biggest blow to the offense, but since Jennings’ return to the field, the Packers have dealt with many more injuries to emerging star wideouts Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
Both players missed practice on Wednesday with Cobb suffering from the flu and Nelson continuing to deal with nagging ankle injury. Despite missing practice, the team expects them to play on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers according to ESPN.com:
Green Bay Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb should be ready for Saturday night’s NFC divisional playoff game against San Francisco despite missing practice Wednesday.
Nelson is nursing an “ongoing” ankle injury, but coach Mike McCarthy says he hopes the receiver will practice Thursday. Cobb was sent home with the flu, the latest Packer to get sick.
The Packers will need both Nelson, Cobb and Jennings all healthy and on the field on Saturday more than ever with the team going up against one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Aaron Rodgers and company will be on the road for this playoff game against the 49ers at Candlestick Park in the Bay Area. The Packers are underdogs heading into this matchup with the 49ers and for good reason playing away from Lambeau Field and against a team that is looking to avenge a loss in the playoffs last season that cost the team a trip to the Super Bowl in Jim Harbaugh’s first season as head coach.