Packers CB Casey Hayward has been declared out for this week’s game against the 49ers with a hamstring injury, which he re-aggravated in his lone preseason appearance against Seattle on Aug. 23. Mike McCarthy said he has no timeline for Hayward’s injury.
That leaves the Packers essentially two options when they go to their nickel defense (three CBs) in San Francisco. Either Davon House comes in to play on the outside, with starter Tramon Williams moving over to play the slot, or rookie Micah Hyde takes the slot position, with Williams and Sam Shields remaining outside.
Hyde, a fifth-round draft pick out of Iowa, was a training camp sensation who will almost surely be tested by the 49ers if he takes the field. It’s common for offenses to attack rookie defensive backs from the get-go.
“I’m going to play the defense as well as I can, and if that’s the case, that’s the case,” Hyde said. “I’ve got to go out there and make some plays. If not, I’ve got to prepare like they’re going to do so.”
Hyde added that he’s never really gotten nervous before, other than the normal early jitters that come with any first game. He certainly never appeared nervous during the preseason, making aggressive plays all over the field. Time will tell if the regular season is any different.
“Micah will do whatever is asked,” McCarthy said. “I have a lot of confidence with him.”
So do his teammates.
“He’s a guy that’s very poised and it seems like no stage is too big for him,” S Morgan Burnett said. “When you see him out there, you forget at times he’s still a rookie, because he picked up and he understands the defense very well.”
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