Despite taking a commanding lead in an emotional game against the Indianapolis Colts, Indy’s first since learning of head coach Chuck Pagano’s cancer, the Packers are losing the body count battle as they’ve lost two major pieces of their team to injuries before halftime.
The largest and most significant injury was to defensive lineman B.J. Raji who had to be carted off the field in the first half. Raji suffered what appeared to be a lower leg injury when he got rolled over on a play. We’ve seen these types of injuries happen to lineman before with not so optimistic results. Just two weeks ago the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost star defensive end Adrian Clayborn to a torn ACL when he was rolled over against the Cowboys. We’ve also seen non-contact injuries to two Jets players in Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes.
So usually if you’re getting carted off, it’s not going to be good news.
Even worse for the Packers is that they’ve seemingly lost running back Cedric Benson for the time being with what appears to be a foot injury. Benson was looking for a rebound week after getting held out of the endzone against the Saints.
Besides the injuries, the Packers are also moaning about getting jobbed by the officials once again, but it appears the this time the Packers are in the wrong for complaining. Linebacker Nick Perry was flagged on a bug third down play for roughing the passer when he drove his helmet into a defenseless Andrew Luck. Despite the cries from th Packers bench, numerous retired officials acting as experts for various networks have confirmed that this was actually the right call as the rules state you can’t hit a defenseless player with your helmet.
Despite all these shortcomings, the Packers are still blowing by the Colts at the half.