Larrivee: Injuries playing monster part in Packers' defensive struggles

Larrivee: Injuries playing monster part in Packers' defensive struggles

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Nov 15, 2013

It is often said that the most important key to any Super Bowl run is health.  You can have all the talent in the world, but if that talent has casts, clubs and crutches, it can't win you games.

The beleagured 2013 Packers has had more than its share of injuries, and 620WTMJ's "Voice of the "Packers" Wayne Larrivee says perhaps that more than anything else has derailed the much-maligned defensive unit.

"Injuries have impact, what's called, how they play defense, the caliber of player playing it.  That's a big part of it, something people don't take into consideration.  There's a reason why the Packers are stuggling right now, partly the injuries they've had," said Larrivee on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

He cited a Green Bay Press-Gazette article Friday showing how of 5 of 6 selections made by general manager Ted Thompson on defense in the 2012 draft, three players from the first and second rounds are hurt (1st rounder Nick Perry, second round pick Jerel Worthy, 2nd rounder Casey Hayward).

That doesn't include the hopefully club-less Clay Matthews at linebacker, the ailments of defensive end Datone Jones and linebackers Mike Neal and Andy Mulumba and the literally hamstrung Morgan Burnett at safety.

It perhaps explains part of why the Packers have not only produced fewer turnovers than all but three teams in the NFL, and fewer interceptions than any NFL team.