The season is over for one of the Green Bay Packers’ highest-paid players. Outside linebacker Nick Perry has missed each of the team’s last two games with a knee injury, and on Saturday the Packers put him on injured reserve, ending his 2018 campaign.
Perry has been a major disappointment this season, though he dealt with numerous injuries throughout the year. He recorded just 1.5 sacks through nine games, with a full sack in week one against the Chicago Bears and a half-sack against the Buffalo Bills in week four. That came with a salary cap hit of $10.75 million this season, the second year of a five-year, $60 million contract he received prior to 2017.
The Packers have been fortunate to see third-year linebacker Kyler Fackrell step up in Perry’s place. The Utah State product has eight sacks, including a pair of three-sack games.
This transaction was likely driven in part by the team’s need for help on the defensive line following Mike Daniels’ foot injury last week. The Packers filled Perry’s roster spot by promoting lineman James Looney, a rookie and one of the team’s seventh-round draft picks, from the practice squad to the active roster. Looney, listed at 6-foot-3 and 287 pounds, was the 232nd overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, but was released at the end of training camp and brought back to the practice squad.
The team announced the transactions on Saturday afternoon, but did not reveal any other roster transactions. That means that it will be at least another week until wide receiver Jake Kumerow can be activated from injured reserve, despite some indications this week that he might be brought back to active status in time for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.