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Packers' injury list already too long

The SportsXchange

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- While nobody is immune to injury, the Green Bay Packers already look like a MASH unit, evidenced by holding out 17 players in their preseason opener.

The results was a 17-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals Friday in front of a record crowd of 73,738 at newly-expanded Lambeau Stadium. The last time the Packers were shut out in an exhibition game was in 1987 to the Washington Redskins.

And losing in front of a record home crowd in Green Bay is especially distressful because, unlike any other team in the NFL, the season ticket holders are the owners.

But if the Packers need a reason, even call it an excuse, for their bad performance, they certainly had one.

Coach Mike McCarthy didn't hold out all those players just to rest them in the preseason. The Packers have a significant list of medical problems, including:

--LT Bryan Bulaga, who suffered a torn ACL in the team's scrimmage Aug. 3, decided to go ahead with surgery and is expected to miss the entire season. The fourth-year starter is due to have the procedure done in the coming week after the swelling in the knee subsided. Rookie David Bakhtiari made the start at left tackle.

--WR Jordy Nelson is out for the rest of the preseason and could be iffy for the Sept. 8 season opener at San Francisco. The sixth-year veteran underwent surgery Aug. 5 to repair a nerve issue in a knee, which has been problematic for Nelson since he played in college.

--WR Randall Cobb was held out of the preseason opener after he sustained a biceps injury in practice earlier in the week. Cobb, the team's leading receiver last season, had said Thursday he would be able to play if the team felt it necessary to put him on the field.

--DE Datone Jones suffered a sprained left ankle in the opening series Friday night and didn't return to action. Jones, the team's first-round draft pick this year, was hurt when he entered the game for a third-down pass play to work alongside B.J. Raji as the down linemen. Jones was undergoing tests Saturday, and McCarthy didn't have an update on Jones' status in the afternoon.

--RB Eddie Lacy, the team's second-round draft pick this year and prospective starter, didn't play Friday. Lacy suffered a pulled hamstring earlier in the week and didn't practice for two straight days preceding the game.

--CB Tramon Williams remains sidelined indefinitely because of a bone bruise in his knee. The seventh-year veteran sustained the injury in practice July 28. Davon House made the start at left cornerback in Williams' absence.

--CB Casey Hayward has yet to be cleared to practice in training camp. The second-year player, who led the team with six interceptions last season, has been nursing a hamstring injury.

--DE/LB Mike Neal practiced for the first time in the preseason Wednesday after being on the physically unable to perform list because of an abdominal strain. The team is easing Neal back into playing and held him out.

--RB DuJuan Harris, listed first at halfback on the team's initial depth chart of the preseason, remained on the PUP list through the first two weeks because of a lingering knee injury.

--TE Andrew Quarless, who missed the entire 2012 season because of a surgically repaired knee, has been on the mend in the past week because of a quadriceps injury and wasn't cleared to play.

--TE Ryan Taylor, a key special-teams contributor his first two pro seasons, has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in the team's scrimmage Aug. 3.

--OT Derek Sherrod remained on the PUP list after two weeks of camp. Sherrod, the team's first-round draft pick in 2011, hasn't been given a clean bill of health after being out all last season because of a broken leg.

--WR Charles Johnson, a seventh-round draft pick this year, has been sidelined since suffering a strained left knee on the second day of camp practices July 27.

--WR Kevin Dorsey, another seventh-round draft choice this year, has been sidelined since sustaining a strained hamstring in the July 27 practice.

--OT/OG Andrew Datko missed Friday's game because of a concussion he suffered in practice a couple days earlier.

--Team correspondents for The Sports Xchange contributed material for this story.
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