NFC North injuries, Week 6: Packers hit hard with multiple injuries

Patrick McDermott

The NFC North came away from the weekend with one team sustaining several big injuries.

The 2013 season hasn't been kind to the Green Bay Packers, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers lost left tackle Bryan Bulaga before the start of the season and now several more players could be missing moving forward.

Randall Cobb suffered a fractured fibula when rookie safety Matt Elam dove at the Packers wide receiver and hit him in the knee. It was unclear initially what happened to Cobb, but diagnosis of the fracture means he'll miss between six and eight weeks.

The Packers got some good news as James Jones was diagnosed with a sprained PCL ligament, rather than something more serious. The risk is that he would miss significant time, but reports indicate he could be back as soon as this week provided he passes doctor's tests.

Linebacker Nick Perry will also be out for a while. The pass rusher broken his foot in Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens and it's reported he will be back later in the season.

Chicago Bears

The Bears played the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football and did not sustain any injuries in the team's victory.

Detroit Lions

Running back Joique Bell left Sunday's game win a rib injury, but was able to return. It's not expected he will miss any time as a result.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings' secondary was hit hard as safety Harrison Smith and rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes both left Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Smith hurt his foot in the team's loss and was seen in a walking boot. There is no further update on his status at this time.

Rhodes sprained his ankle on Sunday, which leaves his status for Sunday in the air. The team has not made an official statement on his status and this week's practice reports should shed light on the severity of the injury.

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