Packers don't escape Motown without some injuries

The Green Bay Packers escaped Ford Field with their 11th victory to remain perfect on the season, and there was no damage done by the stomping antics of Ndamukong Suh.

But Green Bay didn’t get out of Motown unscathed as both starting inside linebackers went down with calf muscle injuries. Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk were both knocked out of the game. According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Bishop likely suffered the more serious injury of the two, and he is scheduled to have an MRI today. He was on crutches after the game.

I looked behind me, and I was hoping I got kicked,” Hawk said, per the report. “It was really weird because it’s never happened to me.”

The Packers don’t have a lot of experience behind the starters. Rookie D.J. Smith, a sixth-round draft pick, and Robert Francois filled in. He’s in his second season. Because neither player has the headset in their helmet for communication, the Packers had to signal in defensive calls.

“I give a lot of credit to our young linebackers that stepped up today,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “We had no defensive communication from the time A.J. Hawk went out. A.J. and Desmond are the communicators for our defense. Just the boundary discipline, the communication, the signaling, two young guys in there running the defense, that’s big-time stuff.”

If Bishop and Hawk are out for an extended period of time, it will hurt a defense that has given up a lot of points at times this season. Green Bay does have extra time to prepare, though, because it played on a Thursday.

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