this Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 file photo, Green Bay Packers
outside linebacker Nick Perry (53) runs onto the field before an
NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in
Jacksonville, Fla. The Packers’ banged-up defense has taken
another hit with linebacker Nick Perry ruled out for the game
against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 with what
coach Mike McCarthy called a “significant hand injury.”
GREEN BAY — The
Packers' banged-up defense has taken another hit with linebacker Nick
Perry ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks with
what coach Mike McCarthy called a "significant hand injury."
Perry, who leads the
team with eight sacks, was also effective against the run. He got hurt
in the first half of last week's win over Houston before returning
after halftime playing with a heavily-wrapped left hand.
Wednesday that he didn't know how long Perry would be sidelined, but
that the pass rusher would be re-evaluated on Monday.
The loss of Perry is
the latest blow to a defense that has had injuries mount at cornerback
and now linebacker. McCarthy said Clay Matthews won't practice on
Wednesday or Thursday as he works
through a left shoulder injury .
"Each week it's
going to get better. That's the hope. As far as having a setback, it
didn't help him playing in the game," McCarthy said. "We'll
get to Saturday and kind of see where we are. But the goal is to try
to get some strength back in the shoulder."
The addition of Perry
to the injury report means the four linebackers who began the season
as starters will have all missed at least a game this year. At inside
linebacker, Blake Martinez has missed the last two games with a knee
injury, while Jake Ryan returned last week from a two-game absence
because of an ankle injury.
"They are what
they are. I know nobody wants to talk about," McCarthy said about
injuries before practice. "Our job is to put players in position
to be successful. We feel good about our plan, and plan on being
Green Bay (6-6) has
won two straight games to get back to .500, holding the Eagles and
Texans each to 13 points after having allowed at least 31 in four
straight games, all losses.
The Packers face a
critical contest against Seattle. Green Bay is tied with Minnesota for
second place in the NFC North, two games back of Detroit with four
games left in the regular season.
lineman-linebacker Datone Jones said the unit has improved the last
two games because of better "understanding" of the system.
Just in time, too.
"It's no secret,
we just got back to .500. We lose a few games and then it's over with.
So at the end of the day we all understand that," Jones said.
"At the end of the day we're fighting for something bigger than
us, we're fighting for each other. Try to keep it up, keep grinding it
Julius Peppers also
could be in line for more work after the Packers managed the 15-year
veteran's snaps earlier in the season. Peppers has a sack in each of
his last three games.
As for Perry, the
hand injury takes away from what had been a breakout season for the
first-round pick in the 2012 draft out of Southern California.
"I feel terrible
for Nick. He was having a great season. Clearly, his best
season," McCarthy said. "He's had a setback."
Starting RG T.J. Lang
returned to practice after missing the last three games with a foot
injury. "I think maybe if I go out tomorrow and do some things
and feel amazing, I can talk my way out onto the field. I probably
don't see that happening. Just have to take it day by day," Lang
said. ... C JC Tretter (knee) also returned to practice. He has missed
the last five games. ... Ryan and Martinez were both limited.
something that matters, so there's nothing that's going to keep me off
the field." — QB Aaron Rodgers, who was limited again in
practice with a left hamstring injury.