PACKERS ROUNDUP: Injuries starting to pile up for the Packers
Four Green Bay Packers have already been declared as "out" for Sunday's home game against Cleveland. Unless they add somebody soon, the Packers might not have their maximum of 46 players available for the game. Eight players on Green Bay's current 53-man roster are dealing with significant injuries. It's the second time in four years coach Mike McCarthy has gone through this. He said the 3-and-2 Packers need to quote, "Keep calm and carry on." Clay Matthews and James Starks remain out with ongoing injuries. Nick Perry broke a foot last Sunday at Baltimore. Backup tight end Ryan Taylor had knee surgery yesterday. McCarthy said Taylor didn't even know he got hurt while the Baltimore game was going on -- and he was working out as recently as Tuesday. Taylor turned out to have a stinging nerve. Linebacker Mike Neal was a last-minute addition to the injury list yesterday with a bruised shoulder -- and the earliest he'll return to practice is tomorrow. In addition, McCarthy is not sure yet whether receiver James Jones and linebacker Brad Jones can play against the Browns with their injuries from the past two weeks. Corner Casey Hayward is also a question mark, as he continues to deal with a hamstring problem that's kept him out of action since the pre-season.
The Packers have re-signed undrafted rookie receiver Tyrone Walker to their practice squad. He showed promise at Training Camp, and was the Packers' leading receiver in the pre-season -- but he was cut just before the regular season began. After that, Walker was on Seattle's practice squad for a week. He played his college ball at Illinois State, where he became the school's all-time leader with 250 catches, 35-hundred-65 receiving yards, and 32 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Cleveland put former Packers' receiver Charles Johnson on its reserve/non-football injury list, after finding that he had a torn A-C-L in one of his knees. Green Bay drafted Johnson in the seventh-round in April. He was on the practice squad when the Browns claimed him last weekend for their 53-man roster. Yesterday, the Browns said they discovered his torn A-C-L. They did not say how it might have happened.