The last 12 hours have been something.
On the Green Bay side, RB AJ Dillon tested positive for COVID-19, causing the team to lose a day of game prep on a short week and, more importantly, ruling out Dillon, Jamaal Williams and Kamal Martin for Thursday. And with it looking increasingly unlikely that Aaron Jones will suit up against the 49ers, that leaves the backfield in the hands of Tyler Ervin and Dexter Williams. Ervin has only lined up as a slot receiver this year, which means Williams is the lone traditional running back left on the team... and he'll have to be bumped up from the practice squad.
But don't worry, aside from the running back conundrum, Green Bay may only potentially be missing TE Marcedes Lewis, S Vernon Scott, S Will Redmond, T Rick Wagner, LT David Bakhtiari, and CB Kevin King.
Meanwhile in San Francisco...
Absolutely terrible news for Jimmy G and George Kittle. (Of course, I want the Packers to win and their absence certainly makes it a little easier, but you never celebrate injuries; that's just cruelty on a whole new level.)
And it doesn't stop there.
Raheem Mostert leads is the team in rushing and is out indefinitely. Tevin Coleman just came back from injury last week but is officially out and RB Jeff Wilson is also out, which means Jerick McKinnon will be their guy. Basically, both teams are fucked when it comes to the ground game. Oh, and Nick Mullens will also be without Deebo Samuel.
THEN on the other side of the ball, San Fran is missing Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Ziggy Ansah, Richard Sherman, CB KWan Williams, DT Solomon Thomas, and S Jaquiki Tartt.
In short, the 49ers are missing 69% of their team and the Packers are missing less. A betting man would say SF has entirely too many injuries to overcome, that the Packers are favored for a reason, but this gal isn't buying. I'm hopeful, but I can't afford to pull the trigger.
Looking forward to a Will Fuller-less Thursday!