Injuries Slam Depth Chart

We run through all 22 starters and the key reserves to look at a situation that's worse than 2009 in totality.

Just how bad is the Green Bay Packers' injury situation? Let's run through the Packers' preferred depth chart entering this season.


Left tackle: Chad Clifton. Games missed: 0.

Left guard: Daryn Colledge. Games missed: 0.

Center: Scott Wells. Games missed: 0.

Right guard: Josh Sitton. Games missed: 0.

Right tackle: Mark Tauscher. Games missed: 1 (probably 2, including Sunday).

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers. Games missed: 0.

Running back: Ryan Grant. Games missed: 4 (will be 15).

Fullback: Korey Hall. Games missed: 1.

Wide receiver: Donald Driver. Games missed: 0.

Wide receiver: Greg Jennings. Games missed: 0.

Tight end: Jermichael Finley. Games missed: 0 (possibly will be 11).

Key situational reserves: James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Donald Lee, Tom Crabtree, Brandon Jackson, John Kuhn. Games missed: 0.


Defensive end: Ryan Pickett. Games missed: 0 (probably 1).

Nose tackle: B.J. Raji. Games missed: 0.

Defensive end: Cullen Jenkins. Games missed: 0.

Outside linebacker: Clay Matthews. Games missed: 0 (probably 1).

Inside linebacker: Nick Barnett. Games missed: 0 (will be 11).

Inside linebacker: A.J. Hawk. Games missed: 0.

Outside linebacker: Brad Jones. Games missed: 1.

Cornerback: Charles Woodson. Games missed: 0.

Cornerback: Tramon Williams. Games missed: 0.

Safety: Nick Collins. Games missed: 0.

Safety: Morgan Burnett. Games missed: 1 (will be 12).

Nickel corner: Sam Shields. Games missed: 2.

Nickel linebacker: Brandon Chillar. Games missed: 2 (will be at least 3).

Top backup defensive lineman: Mike Neal. Games missed: 3 (will be at least 4).

All told, including the players who are expected to miss Sunday's game, the Packers will have lost nine games from their starters and frequently used backups on offense and 14 games from their starters and frequently used backups on defense for a total of 23 missed starts. That 23 will turn into 71 by season's end just from the games that will be missed by Barnett, Burnett, Grant and, possibly, Finley.

That total doesn't even include Al Harris, who would have been no worse than the third corner, and Atari Bigby, who would have battled Burnett to start at safety, since they weren't on the training camp roster. They'll be eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list following Sunday's game after missing six games apiece.

Last year, the season total was a manageable 51, even with season-ending injuries to Jason Spitz, Aaron Kampman and Harris.

On Sunday alone, the Packers figure to be without starters Pickett, Matthews, Barnett and Burnett, as well as Pickett's replacement (Neal) and nickel linebacker Chillar. That's six of the defense's top 14 players.

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