PHOENIX – Mike McCarthy isn’t sure if injuries are indeed cyclical.
“They better be,” the Green Bay Packers coach said during Wednesday morning’s NFC coaches breakfast at the annual NFL Meetings. “I’ll just say that.”
Based on a review of all 32 NFL teams’ injury situations by Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News, no club was more decimated by injuries than the Packers, whose starters lost 83 games to injury. Only eight players managed to start all 16 games, and four starters landed on season-ending injured reserve.
McCarthy said the medical staff continues to study the injuries – the Packers were also hit hard in 2010, when they overcame them to win Super Bowl XLV – in hopes of improving the Packers’ odds. McCarthy said on Sunday that he’s even considering being more open to players using alternative medicines and approaches or seeing other trainers.
“We’re looking at everything involved. We have been,” McCarthy said. “This is not something we just started to look at. It’s a constant conversation between our training staff and our medical staff. I mean, the way (we’re focused on) our nutrition and (with the) health education we’re pouring into this, it doesn’t add up right now. This year, I’m confident hopefully that will change. Hopefully, confident I guess.”
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