GREEN BAY – The day began with a clarification of Nick Perry getting a second opinion on his injured left wrist. It ended Tuesday with news that he’d undergone surgery on the wrist that could end his season.
WTMJ-TV’s Lance Allan reported Tuesday evening that the surgery had taken place earlier in the day. An NFL source said Tuesday night that Perry is likely to head for season-ending injured reserve but that no final determination had been determined.
Perry originally injured his wrist in the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against San Francisco. A few days later, when seen with a brace on his wrist, he dismissed the injury as not being very serious.
“I’m fine,” he said that day. “It’s nothing.”
In fact, it wasn’t initially serious enough to merit his inclusion on the team’s official injury report in advance of the team’s Sept. 13 game against Chicago. But he was on the injury report in advance of the team’s Sept. 24 game at Seattle.
Perry played through the wrist injury, then suffered a knee injury on Oct. 14 at Houston. When McCarthy said on Monday that Perry was seeking a second opinion, reporters incorrectly assumed he was referring to one on Perry’s knee, not his wrist.
It’s unclear what kind of injury Perry had in his wrist, but the way the injury has played out is similar to the wrist injury starting left guard/right tackle T.J. Lang’s wrist injury did in 2010. Lang broke the scaphoid bone in his wrist in December 2009, but it wasn’t until April 2010, after the bone had not healed on its own, that he wound up having surgery. Lang was bothered by the wrist thereafter, missed the offseason and wasn’t able to crack the starting lineup after competing with Daryn Colledge in training camp.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy isn’t slated to speak with reporters again until Monday, when the team returns to practice.
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