The Green Bay Packers’ depth chart at outside linebacker is getting short.
The Week 1 starters, Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, figure to be out of action when the Packers play their first game after the bye at Detroit on Nov. 18. Matthews will miss at least a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury and Perry’s season might be over.
According to Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, Perry had surgery on his wrist on Tuesday and is “expected” to go on season-ending injured reserve.
With all the other injuries, the Packers simply don't have the luxury of waiting for Perry. They're already holding roster spots for Charles Woodson (collarbone) and Greg Jennings (abdomen).
Perry injured his wrist in the Week 1 game against San Francisco but played every down. Over the next four games, Perry played about 40 percent of the snaps in a timeshare with Erik Walden and a sprinkling of Dezman Moses. Perry injured a knee early in the Week 6 game at Houston and hasn’t played since.
Interestingly, Perry wasn’t even on the injury report for Week 2 against Chicago. In fact, until last week, Perry’s wrist made the injury report for just one game — the Week 3 matchup at Seattle. He was removed from the injury list for the Week 4 game against New Orleans. For Week 7 against St. Louis and Week 8 against Jacksonville, Perry was ruled out with the knee injury. Again, there was no mention of the wrist.
Finally, last week, the Packers mentioned the knee and wrist before ruling him out for Arizona.
In the short term, the Packers will have to go with Walden, Moses and Frank Zombo. Walden has been outstanding. Moses, an undrafted rookie, played a season-high 43 snaps against Arizona. Zombo, who was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Saturday but was inactive, hasn’t played a snap because of an injured hamstring.
“I’ve got no problem putting Zombo in and telling him to go,” outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene said on Monday.
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