Bengals must take advantage of banged-up Packers secondary

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Oct 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Casey Hayward (29) returns an interception against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Packers defeated the Texans 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

 

Tee Green Bay Packers will come in Cincinnati tomorrow with an extremely banged-up secondary that the Bengals have to take advantage of early and often if they want to pull-off the win. Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward has been ruled out for the third straight week to start the 2013 season with a hamstring injury, so the earliest Hayward could see the field this season will come after next week’s bye.

“He just tells me he’s making progress,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He had a similar injury. This one wasn’t supposed to be as bad as when he hurt it the first time, the day before he came back for training camp, so he’s making progress.”

Hayward missed the first three full weeks of training camp before returning to practice, but then he aggravated the hamstring when he tried to play in the third preseason game vs. Seattle, on Aug. 23. He has not practiced since.

The Packers could have really used him this week with A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals on the docket, but they’ll have to cover the All-Pro receiver without their best coverage-man.

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