Green Bay Packers cornerback Davon House could be out a couple of weeks with a fracture in his back after the win over the Cleveland Browns.
“Packers DB Davon House suffered a transverse process fracture in his back, source said,” wrote NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “This season, players have come back in a week or two.”
That’s good news for House and the Packers in a certain light, as a lot of back injuries are far worse than a two-week absence. However, it also comes right at a critical time, as the Packers are fighting for their playoff lives. They’ve won two games in a row in overtime, with walk-off touchdowns. As exciting as that is, it means there’s no room for error if they want to keep winning.
Plus, that last win was over the Browns, who have not yet won a single game in 2017 and who won just one game in 2016. That’s not a high level of competition. The win before that was over the slumping Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They got a lot of hype in the offseason and are just 4-9 on the year.
Next, the Packers play the 9-4 Carolina Panthers and then the 10-3 Minnesota Vikings. If House does miss two games, those are the ones he misses. They’re vastly tougher than the last two, with a pair of playoff contenders. The Panthers are coming off of a critical 24-31 win over the Vikings, but both are premium competition.
Can the Packers really be any thinner on defense if they hope to win? They’ll find out on Sunday.
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