The hits keep coming for the Packers this year, as another player will be out for the remainder of the 2015 season. This time, it's defensive lineman Josh Boyd, the third-year pro from Mississippi State.
Boyd was rolled up on by a pile of players at the end of a Seahawks running play on Sunday night, and was carted off the field before almost immediately being ruled out for the rest of the game. He appeared to be in serious pain at the time, and was visibly upset as he was taken off the field.
Now we have the first detailed report of Boyd's injury, coming from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:
Bad news after the MRI for #Packers DT Josh Boyd. It revealed torn ankle ligaments to go with a broken small bone. His season now in doubt— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2015
It's not a surprise that this is the case, but it certainly is unfortunate for Boyd, who has played every position on the defensive line for the Packers in his two-plus seasons.
In a sign that the Packers are going to to place Boyd on Injured Reserve, we have this report of a roster transaction from the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Ryan Wood:
#Packers have signed ILB Joe Thomas to their 53-man roster, per league source. Adds depth to ILB position. Could replace Josh Boyd's spot.— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) September 21, 2015
Thomas will add some depth to the inside linebacker group and to the special teams. He spent training camp with the Packers, but did not make the final cut and instead landed on the Cowboys' practice squad.
While Boyd is departing, the Packers will get a boost to the defensive line depth after the week three game against Kansas City; that is when Letroy Guion is eligible to return from his three-game suspension. The team will need to make a roster move at that time to clear a spot for Guion.
UPDATE: Boyd has indeed been placed on Injured Reserve, according to this press release from the Packers. Thomas' signing is indeed the corresponding roster move.
We wish Boyd the best of luck in his rehab and recovery from this injury and hope that he returns to full strength quickly.