Notebook: Loss leaves defense decimated

Starters Hawk, Jenkins, Woodson, Jenkins are ailing; big day for Jennings wasted; Bryant mourns, delivers; and more from 30-21 loss at Tampa Bay.

Where would the Packers' defense be without A.J. Hawk, Charles Woodson, Cullen Jenkins and Nick Collins?

Hopefully, they won't have to find out. All four felt the sting of Sunday's 30-21 loss at Tampa Bay.

Hawk injured a groin during the second half and did not return. Coach Mike McCarthy was unaware of the injury, though's Jay Glazer reported Hawk tore the groin. If that's the case, Hawk could be out for several weeks. Hawk had only two tackles Sunday, though he did make a great leaping pass breakup to prevent a touchdown.

Woodson and Jenkins again were the Packers' defensive standouts, and Collins is playing the best ball of his career, but all three will be question marks heading into next week.

In a near-replay of his interception and touchdown two weeks ago at Detroit, Woodson picked off Brian Griese and returned it 62 yards to put Green Bay ahead briefly 21-20 early in the fourth quarter. But his broken toe isn't getting any better, leaving the defense in a precarious position with fellow cornerback Al Harris out indefinitely with a lacerated spleen.

"It has been a tough couple of weeks, really. Tough game," Woodson said. "We had opportunities today nonetheless; we didn't come up with the win. We are beat up but there are no excuses. Everybody in the league is beat up. That is not an excuse."

Jenkins had three of the Packers' six quarterback hits, but was knocked out of the game when he injured a shoulder while almost sacking Griese a few plays after Woodson's pick-six. Jenkins has been superb this season, and the Packers' short-handed defensive line couldn't cope in his absence the remainder of the game.

Collins, whose interception set up a touchdown that helped rally the Packers in the third quarter, aggravated his injured back when his hustle prevented the Bucs' Earnest Graham from momentarily scoring the clinching touchdown in the final 2 minutes.

Aaron Rouse, who started at safety opposite Collins in place of Atari Bigby (hamstring), aggravated his injured knee and also couldn't finish the game.

McCarthy also listed defensive end Jason Hunter (hamstring; did not return) and cornerback/kick returner Will Blackmon (quad; did return) on a lengthy injury report.

Another big day for Jennings wasted

When Greg Jennings' stop-and-go route left Pro Bowl corner Ronde Barber prone on the Raymond James Stadium turf and ended with Jennings waltzing into the end zone with a 25-yard touchdown reception on the game's opening day, it appeared the Packers were off and running.

Instead, for a second consecutive game, Jennings was the offense's only weapon. A week after catching eight passes for a career-high 115 yards on his birthday against Dallas, Jennings caught six passes for 109 yards and the first two touchdowns of his season. Unfortunately for Green Bay, Jennings finished with 60 percent of their 181 total yards.

"It's tough. We hurt ourselves, especially on offense," said Jennings, who leads the NFL with 482 receiving yards. "The defense gave us opportunity after opportunity, and we just didn't come through. It hurts. It comes down to penalties and execution. At times we executed and at times we failed to execute, but more so than anything, I think we shot ourselves in the foot too many times, and you can't do that in the National Football League."

Jennings has 25 catches, and his 19.2 yards per catch is tops in the NFL among receivers with at least 15 catches. Donald Driver, meanwhile, was held to just one first-quarter catch for 8 yards and Donald Lee had the only catch among the tight ends.

Back to work

The Packers are on their first two-game losing streak since 2006 and have a litany of problems on offense and a defense that can't stop the run, so it figures to be a tough week of practice with Atlanta (2-2) coming to town.

"We're making the same mistakes, which really bothers me," McCarthy said. "You know mistakes are going to happen. I'm not naive to that. The fundamentals of football or the things you practice every single day, and when they don't show up on Sunday, I definitely have a problem. That starts with me. I need to get it out of them. That's exactly what I told the football team. It's unacceptable for us to do the fundamental things wrong week in and week out. We need to get it fixed."

Momentary relief

While it was a bad day for the Packers, it didn't compare to what Bucs kicker Matt Bryant endured this week with the death of infant son Matthew Tryson Bryant, who was buried on Saturday.

Bryant didn't practice all week but made three field goals.

"I can't say enough about Matt Bryant, what he's been through and what he did today," Bucs coach Jon Gruden said. "I think we all need to sit back, put ourselves in his shoes and recognize what a great performance he had under the circumstances. We gave him the game ball but there wasn't a lot to say to him. It's been a very, very hard week for Matt and our team.

"I think he needed the game today. He needed football today."

After each kick, Bryant blew a kiss toward heaven.

"Today is his day. It was all about him for me," Bryant said. "I talked with him personally, in my head throughout the game. I just wanted to remind him that he is my baby boy and that he is with me at all times."

Over the hill?

There were whispers that 14-year linebacker Derrick Brooks no longer was a starting-caliber player. Tell that to the Packers.

Brooks intercepted Rodgers, almost intercepted him again and made the play of the game when he forced a Ryan Grant fumble that was returned for a touchdown to give the Bucs a 20-7 lead.

"Unbelievable," Gruden said. "We had a long discussion this week with Derrick and knew he has been nursing and working through a tough injury. What he played like today was the Derrick Brooks that everybody recognizes. He made plays sideline to sideline; caused a couple turnovers, in my opinion. There is a lot of strength left in Derrick Brooks, and we need him in the final 12 weeks."

Inactive list

The Packers' inactives were Bigby (hamstring), running back Kregg Lumpkin (hamstring), Harris (spleen), receiver James Jones (knee), fullback Korey Hall (knee) and rookies Breno Giacomini, Jeremy Thompson and Brian Brohm (third quarterback).

Among the Bucs' inactives were starting receiver Joey Galloway and starting guard Davin Joseph.

Extra points

Brady Poppinga was back in the starting lineup at linebacker and responded with a career-high 12 tackles. … Rodgers went 157 passes between interceptions, the third-longest streak in Packers history behind Bart Starr (294) and Brett Favre (163). … The Packers have yielded nine sacks in four games after yielding only 19 last season. … The Packers were penalized seven times, and rank third in the NFL with 35 accepted penalties. … The Packers and Bears are tied for the NFC North lead at 2-2 after Chicago held off Philadelphia 24-20. … With Jones inactive, Ruvell Martin returned after missing two games with a broken finger. He did not catch a pass.

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