Injured Packers Players Might as Well be Cardinals
By Scott Allen
The Green Bay Packers have a lot of injured players. A lot. Make that 16 players on injured reserve. That is one of the reasons why their run to the Super Bowl has been so remarkable, at least in my opinion. For the upcoming Super Bowl though in Dallas against the Pittsburgh Steelers though, they might as well be on the Arizona Cardinals roster, not playing and not invited to a Super Bowl Team photo.
The Packers think so little of their injured contributors that they've decided to keep them out of the team photo at the Super Bowl. They called it a team decision. One of the excuses was because the players, who are going to be on the sideline for the game, won't arrive until Thursday of Super Bowl week. Media day, which is when the team photo will be taken, will take place on Tuesday. Lame excuse. Another excuse was it would disrput the injured players' rehab schedules. I'm sorry, that's a load of bull.
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley and linebacker Nick Barnett both expressed their displeasure at the decision but seemed to back off later, possibly due to some backlash they received for making the comments. I agree with them. Both were contributors to the team that made it to the Super Bowl. They should be allowed to be part of the team photo. Unless they are hung up in a hospital or worse, then they deserve the honor of being there in the photo with their teammates. I don't care what the excuse is. If it is important enough, you make it work. That's something I've learned in life. There is always a way. What a shame.