Outside Linebackers Running Thin for Green Bay
Green Bay Packers learned today that Nick Perry will not play in Sunday’s game versus Seattle. He has multiple broken fingers, and Perry hopes he can play with a club in the coming weeks. To make matters worse, Clay Matthews is taking a few days off and getting evaluated on Saturday to see his status for Sunday. Packers are up against the wall with a tough Seattle run offense and a quarterback who likes to scramble with only a few available outside linebackers.
If Matthews can’t go, Datone Jones and Julius Peppers will take the majority of snaps for the team. Peppers bemoan the lack of snaps earlier this season and in the biggest game of the year, he’s going to get all of the opportunities. Peppers is coming on strong in the recent weeks with sacks in three straight games. Jones transition to outside linebacker hasn’t been that successful, but he’s shown flashes of greatness on the edge. Kyler Fackrell also not being able to go doesn’t help Packers chances. If Matthews plays even if he’s at 60 percent, he would still provide something for the team. Regardless, Green Bay could be in a world of trouble with an emerging Thomas Rawls and Russell Wilson.
The one thing about Dom Capers when Packers have severe deficiencies they somehow piece together to make it not seem like the worst thing ever. He has his work cut out for him this week with the lack of outside linebackers.