The Packer defense, minus two starters in the loss at Detroit last week, received even worse injury news Tuesday as the team revealed that safety Antuan Edwards has a partially torn hamstring and is likely to miss the next two games.
Edwards, who started in place of the injured Darren Sharper at free safety against the Lions, was injured on the Packers' first defensive play of the second half. The fifth-year safety told reporters Tuesday that he tore a hamstring muscle, and season-ending surgery remains a possibility.
Edwards landed awkwardly on his leg after he tackled Lions running back Shawn Bryson after a nine-yard gain. He tried stretching the leg and running on it on the sidelines before the severity of the injury was known, but he was unable to return. Edwards had been the Packers' leading tackler in the game before the injury caused him to miss the rest of the game.
To replace Edwards, the Packers had to look down the depth chart to find Curtis Fuller. Marques Anderson, whom Edwards beat out in training camp this season, started at strong safety due to Edwards' shift to replace Sharper.
Through Week 13, Edwards ranked fifth on the team with 54 tackles (44 solo), two sacks and an interception. He will be a free agent after the season.
Team doctors said the injury cannot be accurately assessed for 10 days to a week. At that point, they'll make a decision whether to recommend surgery.
"Right now I have to be patient," Edwards said. "They'll re-evaluate me and see how it goes."
In better injury news, the Packers hope to have both Sharper (bruised lung) and linebacker Nick Barnett (ankle) back when they host the Bears Sunday.