The Green Bay Packers’ rebuilt secondary took its first hit of the 2017 season on Thursday. According to Pro Football Talk, cornerback Herb Waters will miss the year with a shoulder injury.
The Packers invested considerable resources in their secondary this offseason, including using their top two draft picks on defensive backs Kevin King and Josh Jones. Still, the team also planned on development from returning youngsters like Waters to resolve their pass-coverage woes from a year ago. Waters expected to compete for a spot before his shoulder injury.
Waters first joined the Packers as an undrafted free agent from the University of Miami (Fla.). After practicing as a wide receiver most training camp and the preseason, the team moved him to cornerback and stashed him on the practice squad. However, after injuries decimated the secondary during the lead-up to the playoffs, Green Bay promoted him to the active roster. Waters made his debut against the Atlanta Falcons during the NFC title game.