Injured Packers Won't Be In Team Photo (UPDATE: Yes, They Will)

01/26/2011 02:50 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Here's a controversial move: the Green Bay Packers have decided injured players won't be in the NFC team photo.

According to a team spokesman, "It was a team decision driven by the sheer number of players on IR. Our primary focus is to get the team ready to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Every decision we make is about trying to win a world championship."

The Packers have just reversed their decision to ban injured players from the team photo, reports, and will change the date of the photo to accomodate.


The Packers have 16 players on injured reserve, per At least two players have said publicly they're unhappy with the decision. Both linebacker Nick Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finley took to Twitter to knock the move.

Barnett tweeted: "Kinda sad. Found out basically IR guys can not be in team picture. .. It's kinda sad to think.. Just goes you injured yourself you not part"

Finley tweeted: "I never trip (about) anything, but the way IR players are getting treated not cool." contributor Ross Tucker argued getting to the Super Bowl is all about the team, which makes the decision absurd.

The team photo is expected to be taken next Tuesday at Cowboys Stadium in Texas, Yahoo reports. Green Bay will play Pittsburgh in Dallas on Feb. 6.

Suggest a correction