Green Bay Packers fans received a massive update on the status of two key defense elements on Thursday.
As the race for the NFC seed narrows, the Green Bay Packers are hoping to enter the homestretch of the season healthier than they are now.
Two key pieces of defense remain, although there is hope that both will be healthy enough to contribute once the playoffs arrive, if not sooner.
Green Bay has been without cornerback Jaire Alexander since dislocating the AC joint in early October in a win over the Steelers. Runner Za’Darius Smith is out in week 1 when it was discovered that he needed back surgery.
On Thursday, Matt LaFleur provided an update on where Alexander and Smith were in their progression to be healthy enough to play.
Not exactly what anyone in Green Bay wants to hear.
However, it’s not all gloomy and negative.
Even without two key pieces of his defense, Green Bay stands at 7-2 and atop NFC North. If Aaron Rodgers hadn’t tested positive for COVID-19 or had been vaccinated, there’s a pretty decent chance the Packers won’t lose in week 9 to the Chiefs and remain in full control of the most important seed of the NFC playoffs.
Since the week 1 defeat to New Orleans, the Packers have conceded an average of just 17 points per game. Keep in mind that he was completely without Smith and especially without Alexander in the lineup.
Not having two key defense pieces should be a near-fatal blow to any other NFL team, but the Packers have done more than just float without them. There’s absolutely no rush to get back in line before they’re ready, and Packers fans can fall asleep dreaming of how much defense will improve once January arrives and the real journey to the Super Bowl begins.