A day after losing several key players Sunday during a 16-13 OT loss to the lowly Redskins, the already hobbled Green Bay Packers are turning to a local high school to add some depth to their bench.
Coach Mike McCarthy announced the signing of 10 players from the 7-0 Jaguars of nearby Ashwaubenon High School including three linebackers, two tight ends and an offensive tackle. Ashwaubenon coach Mark Jonas was thrilled his players were getting a chance to play at a professional level, but sad to see his run at a championship possibly derailed.
“Watching the Packers Sunday was pretty depressing. They need healthy bodies and, heck, I’m happy to support the cause living so close to Green Bay and all,” said Jonas. “Having an undefeated season was a dream of mine, but it might be tough to get past Green Bay East without my 10 best kids. We’ll do what we can.”
The Packers injury list currently includes QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion), RB Ryan Grant (ankle), TEs Jermichael Finley (knee surgery) and Donald Lee (shoulder), LBs Nick Barnett (wrist), Clay Matthews (hamstring) and Brandon Chillar (shoulder), OL Mark Tauscher (shoulder), and safeties Morgan Burnett (knee) and Derrick Martin (knee).
McCarthy said he’s hopeful adding 10 healthy bodies will help his team remain a playoff contender.
“I’m thankful the Ashwaubenon Jaguars were so generous to offer us 10 players,” said McCarthy. “Swapping out a 250-pound linebacker who runs the 40 in 4.2 for a 210-pound 17-year-old who runs the 40 in 4.9 might seem like a downgrade, but at least that 17-year-old isn’t on the operating table like half my other players.”