Packers injury list gets epidemic

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

Unless you are a fan of, or work for, the Green Bay Packers, all you can really do at this point is laugh.

The team's injury woes have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.

The latest blow came Wednesday when it was learned Jermichael Finley, one of the NFL's top tight ends, will be lost for eight to 10 weeks, and possibly the entire season, with a right knee injury.

The Packers originally expected Finley to be back in about three weeks.

The team is already without starting running back Ryan Grant and safeties Morgan Burnett and Derrick Martin for the season. Concussed all-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers might miss Sunday's game, right tackle Mark Tauscher is out and linebacker Nick Barnett might also be done for the season.

Sack-master Clay Matthews is banged-up, as are defensive lineman Ryan Pickett and tight end Donald Lee.

The Finley injury is a killer, however, and any long-term ones to Matthews or Rogers would be devastating, as well.

Green Bay lacked depth at running back and strong safety before the season even started and now will have to rely on rookie running back James Starks and safety Atari Bigby.

Both, not surprisingly, are coming off of injuries that landed them on the physically unable to perform list.

The way things are going in Wisconsin, they probably will be back on that list shortly, and perhaps with a few friends, as well.

DENY, DENY, DENY

The reaction from those outed by former agent Josh Luchs in Sports Illustrated has largely been to deny everything.

From Ryan Leaf to Terrell Suggs to poor Mel Kiper, the word is Luchs is living in a fantasy land.

Luchs said he consistently gave players money and other handouts in order to represent them and said Kiper was often used in order to help get players on board.

SportsBusiness Journal reported Wednesday that there was no truth to the Kiper allegations and that he did not favour players represented by his friend, agent Gary Wichard, and in fact often had them rated lower than where they were drafted.

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette he did not receive anything from either Luchs or Wichard, who Luchs once worked for.

"I wish he would have given me money," Freeney said.

"But seriously, I hadn't seen or heard of any situations where he's given any of his guys money."

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs went even further.

Said Suggs: "He didn't give me sh--," according to the Carroll County Times.

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