GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It doesn't require the advantage of hindsight to know that the Packers had little room for injuries on their offensive line this season. The team knew it was running a risk since the first day of practice. And for nine weeks, Green Bay got away with it.
But now, after a season-ending hip injury to starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga on Nov. 4 and the recent ankle injury to left-guard-turned-right-tackle T.J. Lang, the protection in front of reigning MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers has never been more uncertain.
No quarterback in the NFL has been sacked more than Rodgers this season, and the majority of those came with a healthy, fully intact group of starting offensive linemen.
"The sacks totals are too high," coach Mike McCarthy said on Nov. 27, two days after Rodgers was sacked five times by the New York Giants. "We've had some games where it's gotten out of hand."
Rodgers has been sacked five or more times in four games already this...