The Packers went onto the practice field with multiple players in street clothes. Some big name players took a rest day today after practicing yesterday. Some players, however, may have sat to prevent injuries before the cut down.
A Much Needed Rest for some Packers
Some of the big names who sat out today are Allen Lazard, Ishmael Hyman, Shawn Davis, Travis Fulgham, and Marcedes Lewis. All of the Packers players practiced yesterday but head coach Matt LaFleur seemed to give them a rest today. While the Packers didn’t play many starters in the preseason, this last week has been game prep and 11 on 11. Along with that, the practices have also consisted of game situations and the Packers have been running at a much higher tempo as of late.
Perhaps it is because of some of the issues that the coaching staff has seen in the preseason games. It could also serve as a final gauge of where many Packers players currently are, and potentially who won’t be here much longer.
One of the biggest reasons the Packers are sitting healthy players as well is injuries. In the past few years, injuries have annihilated the Packers and tore apart the team. Losing valuable veterans to season long injuries destroys a team’s morale. As seen with Darnell Savage, the Packers have carefully used him and made sure he is one hundred percent healthy before he enters game situations again. This has been a new trend this year where the staff has placed a priority on ensuring players are healthy.
Potential Packers Cuts Sitting Out?
There is no doubt Travis Fulgham and Ishmael Hyman may not make the team. As well as Shawn Davis.
Fulgham, Hyman, and Davis have all been fighting for roster spots, and this may be a sign they have one. There haven’t been any reports yet stating any of the three are injured. Assuming they are healthy scratches from practice, the coaching staff must be resting them so they can’t get injured before the cut down day.
The Packers probably wouldn’t rest someone if they needed more of a look at them before cuts. One day also won’t prevent an injury all the way up to cuts, but a day of rest can help each player recharge before the start of the season.
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