Undefeated Packers are NFL’s most injured team in 2015
The Green Bay Packers are 6-0 despite having the NFL’s most injured roster to start the 2015 season.
According to ESPN, the Packers are first in the NFL in “starts missed” by preferred starters or core special teams players. Green Bay already has 78 through six weeks — 13 more than Pittsburgh Steelers, who rank second on the list.
The Packers have placed four players on injured reserve: receiver Jordy Nelson, linebacker Sam Barrington, defensive end Josh Boyd and safety Sean Richardson. Tight end Andrew Quarless is on designated IR, while receiver Davante Adams, safety Morgan Burnett, tackle Bryan Bulaga, linebacker Nick Perry and nose tackle B.J. Raji have all missed games in 2015.
Running back Eddie Lacy hasn’t missed a start, but he’s been far from 100 percent since injuring his ankle in Week 2. Randall Cobb injured his shoulder in the preseason, guard T.J. Lang left a game with a knee injury and rookie receiver Ty Montgomery exited last Sunday’s win with a leg injury.
The Packers have still won all six games, by an average of 10.5 points per win. Green Bay is also the only team to rank in the top five for scoring offense (27.3, fifth) and defense (16.8, third).
However, the injuries have started to pile up, especially on offense. Down Nelson and Adams at receiver and Quarless at tight end, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown five touchdowns and two interceptions over the last two games, as the Packers have averaged just 22.7 points.
The rest of the top 10:
1. Packers (78 starts missed)
2. Steelers (65)
3. Redskins (63)
4. Bears (61)
5. Patriots (56)
6. Jaguars (54)
7. Panthers (48)
8. Cowboys (44)
9. Eagles (40)
10. Broncos/Raiders (39)
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