The last few weeks have been tough on the Green Bay Packers from an injury perspective. While the players who are healthy and able to play will never use injuries as an excuse, it is certainly tough to keep up a level of play with how banged up some of the guys on the field are and how many impact players they are missing.
Heading into their matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football in Week 12, the Packers have 16 players listed on their first injury report of the week. That doesn’t include the players who are on injured reserve, such as star pass rusher Rashan Gary, offensive lineman Jake Hanson and cornerback Eric Stokes.
Gary is out for the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL against the Detroit Lions in Week 9. Stokes was also injured that game and while no official notice has been given, he will likely miss the remainder of the season as well. Hanson has been on IR since getting injured against the New York Jets in Week 6.
Another player who has faced a lengthy absence is linebacker De’Vondre Campbell. Campbell came out of nowhere to put together an All-Pro season in 2021, which led to the Packers signing him to a five-year deal worth up to $50 million this offseason. Unfortunately, his production hasn’t been nearly as impactful this season.
Campbell hasn’t played in a game since their Week 8 matchup against the Buffalo Bills because of a knee injury. Despite not being placed on IR, which would have kept him sidelined for at least four games at a minimum, it sounds like he is in danger of missing his fourth consecutive game this week against the Eagles.
That is certainly not a good start to the week for Campbell, who the Packers could certainly use at the second level of their defense against an explosive Eagles offense. With no positive updates coming, it is fair to question whether or not Campbell will return to the field this season, especially with the Packers falling further and further out of the playoff race.