13-3, 1st NFC North
Aaron Rodgers - Aaron Rodgers has had a couple of injuries over the last few seasons, playing just nine games in 2013, and seven in 2013. Rodgers suffered a knee injury in Week 1 against Chicago, which looked like it could have been season-ending. Rodgers trotted back out and pulled off a come from behind win. Rodgers is likely going to be questionable both weeks, and while we don’t know the true extent of the injury, it is serious enough to where it won’t fully heal. Rodgers will turn to a large brace, and given he is a freak athlete, Rodgers on one leg is better than some on two.
Kyle Murphy - Kyle Murphy is one of those depth chart pieces that won’t standout, but was a big part of the depth on the line. Green Bay has struggled with injuries on the line, and with Rodgers banged up and less mobile, this is not what you want to see. He was placed on injured reserve in early September, and it is unlikely we see him this season. They will be thin on the line, with no margin for injuries.
Kevin King - This was an area that was banged up last season, and it has already begun in 2018. Kevin King suffered a groin injury early on in the season, and this is coming off a late season injury where he hurt his shoulder. King is a younger cornerback out of Washington, and was on the other side of Tramon Williams heading into the season. King’s injury could push Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson up a slot. The safeties will also need to pick up their play, or generate a pass rush.
Whenever your franchise quarterback goes down, things are not going to go well. That was the case for Aaron Rodgers twice. The teams were not good enough to survive the injuries, and the backup play was not good enough either. Rodgers still has some years left, but the Packers did miss out on two seasons where Rodgers could have given them a Super Bowl run. Desmond King tore his hamstring back in 2012, which placed their starting linebacker on the injury reserve before the season even started. They parted ways the season later. Bryan Bulaga tore his ACL in 2017, and is still working his way back from injury. Bulaga is a big part of the offensive line, and a full recovery will be key for Green Bay. If not, this line will need to look for someone else, and also some depth to help fill-in. Jordy Nelson tore his ACL back in 2015, and this set forth a lot more injury problems. His hip and back were also issues in the later stages of his career. Nelson, when healthy, was a joy to watch with Rodgers. Nelson was the top wideout in Green Bay for many years, and the latter stages were more injury plagued.