Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Jason Spriggs made his second trip to injured reserve this season with a knee injury, but his prognosis doesn't look as dire as it initially seemed. According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, Spriggs suffered a dislocated left kneecap rather than an ACL tear and will not require surgery to repair the damage.
Spriggs injured his left knee on the first play from scrimmage last week against the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers ruled out the second-year offensive lineman soon thereafter. Head coach Mike McCarthy described the injury as significant in the time since, though it appears Spriggs should recover in time for organized team activities next year.
A hamstring injury landed Spriggs on IR for eight weeks earlier in the season. Faced with injuries along the offensive line, the Packers used one of their two return designations on Spriggs back in November. He started five games for the team in place of Bryan Bulaga, who suffered a torn ACL and landed on IR himself.
With Spriggs out of the picture, Justin McCray expects to start at right tackle for the Packers in the season finale against the Detroit Lions. Green Bay already filled Spriggs' roster spot with first-year tight end Emanuel Byrd earlier this week.