Packers' Nick Barnett Out for Season

Bruce Ciskie

by Bruce Ciskie

The already leaky Packers defense suffered another huge blow Monday, as it was announced that linebacker Nick Barnett will miss the rest of the season.

Head coach Mike McCarthy told the media that Barnett suffered a torn knee ligament. He didn't specify what ligament was torn, and he said surgery has not been scheduled.

Barnett was injured early in the second half, and it appeared to be an injury related to the Metrodome's crappy turf. He was trying to tackle Adrian Peterson, and he was failing -- just like the defense did most of the day. As he changed directions, he fell to the turf. No contact was made. He just blew out his knee.

"I shot downhill, fast, trying to get a shot on him, and he cut back," Barnett said after Sunday's game. "So I tried to cut, and it was just bad footing."

This, of course, makes me wonder how we could live in an era where high school teams in Ohio have nicer fields than a freaking NFL team. The Metrodome isn't the only issue here, even though it's been swallowing up NFL players' knees basically since it opened in the 1980s. But you'd think technology would get to the point where guys didn't blow out their knees by trying to cut on bad turf.

What does this mean for the Packers? Well, it probably isn't good.

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