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Packers Defeat Cardinals 31-17 but Lose Bulaga, Matthews, Nelson to Injury

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21:  Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate their three yard touchdown reception against the St. Louis Rams in the first quarter at Edward Jones Dome on October 21, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. The Packers defeated the Rams 30-20.   (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Andrew DoughtyCorrespondent IINovember 4, 2012

Entering the game with multiple injuries to key players on both sides of the ball, the Packers suffered three more injuries to Jordy Nelson, Bryan Bulaga, and Clay Matthews but managed to defeat the reeling Arizona Cardinals 31-17.

Aaron Rodgers finished with only 14 completions, but four of those went for touchdowns, including a huge 72-yard toss up the middle as Tom Crabtree split the linebackers to give the Packers insurance after Arizona pulled within a touchdown late in the third quarter. 

Rodgers finally received help from the ground game as they amassed 176 yards on 39 carries, most of which was done with his right tackle, Bryan Bulaga.  It was the first time in over a month that the Packers ran for 100 yards.

Bulaga left with a hip injury, but was only one of three key Packers to leave and not return as Jordy Nelson (ankle) limped off early along with Clay Matthews (hamstring).  It remains unclear the severity of each injury and whether or not any would have returned had Green Bay not held a comfortable lead with their bye in Week 10.

Randall Cobb and James Jones continued to more than adequately fill in for the injured receivers as they grabbed three Aaron Rodgers touchdown passes.  T.J. Lang slid over to right tackle while Evan Dietrich-Smith entered the game in Lang's guard position. 

Matthews becomes the fourth Packers linebacker to go down this year, joining Desmond Bishop, D.J. Smith, and Nick Perry.

 

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