Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House was injured for much of the 2011-12 NFL season. The Packers were relying on the second-year cornerback to become a significant component in their restructured defensive backfield. House responded by earning the No. 2 cornerback position with a strong training camp.
House had a strong showing in the preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers on August 9, 2012. Unfortunately, House reportedly suffered a dislocated left shoulder while he covered punts during the third quarter. House will rehabilitate his shoulder for the remainder of the preseason.
The Packers need approximately two or three weeks before they know whether House will require surgery of if he can play with a harness. Charles Woodson played through a similar injury with a harness in 2006. The Packers need healthy cornerbacks because of the physical requirements from the scheme.
The Packers had already lost one defensive starter in their preseason opener. Desmond Bishop could miss the entire 2012-13 season after he suffered a knee sprain and torn hamstring during the first quarter. The hamstring injury will require surgery. Second-year linebacker D.J. Smith will take his place.
The Packers have been decimated with injuries for most of the past four seasons. It has reached a point where I'm just crossing my fingers after every play, hoping that nobody gets hurt. The Packers have needed every bit of their deep roster and practice squad, especially during their Super Bowl season.
The Packers can't rely on House unless he stops getting injured. Mike Neal has the same problem. Justin Harrell had the same problem. Casey Hayward will have an opportunity to establish himself as the No. 2 cornerback while House is sidelined. Hayward's inexperience showed during the preseason opener. This could become a major issue in a division with Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall.
The Packers will win games as long as Aaron Rodgers remains healthy. However, I'm starting to agree with people who feel like this team is similar to those Indianapolis Colts teams from the 2000s. The Colts were basically guaranteed 10 regular-season victories as long as Peyton Manning was healthy. However, the Colts also had a lackluster ground game and an opportunistic defense with many oft-injured players (e.g. Bob Sanders and Melvin Bullitt).
The Packers have a plethora of players who are recovering from injuries. These players include (but not limited too) Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley, James Starks, Ryan Taylor and Alex Green.
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.
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