Matt LaFleur and the Green Bay Packers are getting ready to take on the Detroit Lions. Their week 18 match-up is the biggest game of the season to date. However, the entire NFL community has heavy hearts this week after what happened to Bills’ Safety Damar Hamlin. Today Matt LaFleur spoke to the media regarding how the Green Bay Packers are handling players reacting to the situation.
Matt LaFleur Addresses Team Regarding Emergency Procedures and More
Per Kyle Mahlzan:
Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur addressed the team Wednesday morning about the tragic event that happened to Damar Hamlin on Monday night. Green Bay’s Head Athletic Trainer Bryan ‘Flea’ Engel talked to the team as well about safety precautions in case of an emergency on game day.
Mental health resources will be available to the Packers players with Dr. Carr in house. The team will have a session after today’s practice for anyone that wants to attend to talk about Monday’s events. Matt LaFleur: “It was a traumatic deal”
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It is clear the entire NFL community is impacted by what happened to Hamlin. Players and coaches having the ability to talk to someone if need be is important. Football is an extremely violent sport and injuries are apart of the game. However, life threatening injuries are rarely discussed in that realm. The NFL and Athletic Trainers ensuring that players know there is a plan in the event something like Hamlin happens again is just as important. Players also having the option to talk to someone about how they are feeling about the traumatic event is huge. The NFL and Green Bay Packers seem to be handling this situation in the best way possible. Given the circumstances that is.
A Packers win this weekend would mean they finish 9-8 on the season and they are IN the playoffs. Even if Seattle (who is also 8-8) wins, Green Bay would own the conference record tiebreaker. The Packer currently have a 6-5 conference record, a win over Detroit would improve that record to 7-5. Seattle currently has a conference record of 5-6.
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