BBAO: The Packers' final injury count

We're Black and Blue All Over:

A few weeks ago, we broke down one version of why the Chicago Bears beat out the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North title. Among the reasons were the Bears' nearly perfect health in comparison to the Packers' relative slew of injuries.

I haven't figured out the Packers' final tally, but Monday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy let slip the final total: 206. When it's all said and done, that's how many starts Packers players missed this season due to injury, according to team records.

"I didn't realize it was that high," McCarthy said.

Long after the 2010 playoffs are complete, that number will be a calling card for the Packers' season. Did injuries scuttle the Packers' chances to make a Super Bowl run? Or will they symbolize the finest hour for McCarthy and his remaining players?

For what it's worth, the Packers had no new injuries out of their 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears. They also haven't ruled out the return of two defensive starters: Defensive end Cullen Jenkins (calf) and linebacker Frank Zombo (knee).

Continuing around the NFC North: