Already without 18 players who either didn’t dress for the game or didn’t make the trip, the Green Bay Packers got only more bad news on the injury front by the end of their 21-13 preseason-opening loss to the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium Thursday night.
Starting inside linebacker Desmond Bishop suffered what could turn out to be a severe knee injury; promising second-year cornerback Davon House suffered a shoulder injury that he suggested was a dislocation; and young wide receivers Diondre Borel (groin) and Shaky Smithson (ankle) also suffered injuries.
The most troubling was Bishop’s. He went down on the first play of the Packers’ second defensive series as he was in on a tackle of Chargers running back Ronnie Brown. As Bishop tried to take Brown to the ground, Brown and the pile toppled onto his right knee, bending it in awkwardly.
“Desmond’s injury didn’t look very good. Hopefully we’ll get some good news as further testing goes on,” McCarthy said post-game. “It’s up in the air, talking to Dr. (Pat) McKenzie.”
Asked what injury Bishop suffered, McCarthy replied, “It’s a knee sprain, potentially hamstring (also).”
House, who is competing for a starting cornerback job following Charles Woodson’s move to safety, started off strong, breaking up a third-down pass on the Chargers’ opening series and also cutting down running back Curtis Brinkley for a 3-yard loss later. He also looked good on special teams, but suffered the shoulder injury in that role.
“I’m hurting. I’m hurting,” House told WBAY-TV after the game. “I get x-rays (Friday) morning. We’ll see what happens. It just popped out. That’s all I really know.”
Asked how long he could be sidelined, House replied, “Hopefully not more than a week. I’ve never had a shoulder injury. They didn’t give me a timeline. They just told me.”
Inactive for the Packers Thursday night were Woodson (finger), running backs Du'ane Bennett (knee) and RB Brandon Saine (hamstring); fullback Jon Hoese (hamstring); cornerback Sam Shields (elbow); outside linebacker Frank Zombo (hamstring); offensive linemen Ray Dominguez (ankle), Marshall Newhouse (concussion) and Derek Sherrod (leg); defensive tackle Mike Daniels (knee/groin); tight ends Jermichael Finley (thigh). Andrew Quarless (knee), Ryan Taylor (concussion) and Eric Lair (knee); and wide receivers Greg Jennings (concussion) and Tori Gurley (groin).
“You don’t want to see any of your players get hurt,” McCarthy said. “We left a lot of people at home. Injuries were an issue for us coming into this game.”
Wide receiver Andy Brewer, claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on Wednesday, did dress and see action in the game. Veteran offensive lineman Reggie Wells, signed Wednesday, did not.
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