Packers-Eagles redux

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 4, 2011 – 5:03 pm

When the Packers played the Eagles in Week 1, it turned out to be the only game of 2010 during which the Packers had the roster they envisioned coming out of training camp. The injuries, as everyone knows, began right away.

A closer look shows that when the two teams meet again on Sunday in an NFC Wild Card playoff game, a minimum of seven defensive players for Green Bay (and possibly as many as nine) who played against the Eagles in Week 1 won’t be on the field in the rematch.

The list includes four starters (LBs Brandon Chillar, Nick Barnett and Brad Jones, plus S Morgan Burnett) and three reserves (S Derrick Martin, LB Brady Poppinga and DE Justin Harrell) from Week 1 who are on injured reserve. LB Frank Zombo and DE Cullen Jenkins, who haven’t played in recent weeks due to injury but could return this week, would add to that list should either be forced to miss Sunday’s game.

On the offensive side, numbers-wise it isn’t as startling, though RB Ryan Grant, T Mark Tauscher and TE Jermichael Finley were also starters in that game and are on IR. FB Korey Hall, another player trying to come back from injury this week, started in that game as well.

Grant and Harrell were injured in the game against Philly.

For the Eagles, three Week 1 defensive starters (DE Brandon Graham, CB Ellis Hobbs and S Nate Allen) and one reserve (CB Jorrick Calvin) are on IR. Starting LB Stewart Bradley also has missed the last three games due to a dislocated elbow and his status for this week’s game has not been reported. One starter on offense, C Jamaal Jackson, and one reserve, FB Leonard Weaver, also are on IR.

Jackson and Weaver were both injured against the Packers.

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