Sooner or later, it was bound to happen.
Every team suffers injuries in training camp. It’s just the way of the world in the National Football League.
The Green Bay Packers, true to form with their recent bad injury luck, suffered two potentially long-term losses on defense during Monday’s practice.
Safety Kentrell Brice and inside linebacker Jake Ryan both suffered knee injuries, with Ryan apparently on the ground “screaming in pain” according to The Athletic’s Michael Cohen and the injury being called “serious.”
Losing one or both of the two long term will hamper the defense. Ryan was slotted to once again be one of the starting inside linebackers and Brice was potentially in the mix to replace Morgan Burnett opposite Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Thankfully, the Packers have both internal and external options to replace both players should the miss the season or at the very least several games. With general manager Brian Gutekunst at the controls, one would think the Packers will seriously explore outside avenues whether than solely rely on inexperienced help within the building.
You can read more on these injuries and what the Packers can do to replace them in today’s cheese curds.
Whomever replaces Ryan will likely have to come from within given the lack of experienced help available, barring some kind of trade. Pettine has options, including moving a safety to hybrid role.
While the injuries obviously cast a pall over everything, the defense did make some nice plays and showed an aggressiveness that has to give fans optimism even if it is just training camp.
There’s no way Ted Thompson would have pulled the trigger on this one given Reid’s involvement in the anthem debate, but could Gutekunst? Anthem controversy aside, Reid brings solid credentials to the team and would make a ton of sense in Pettine’s scheme.
If you haven’t seen the Titletown District in person yet, it is something to behold. Plus with phase one coming to a close and phase two entering development, it’s only going to get better.
The division rival Minnesota Vikings signed a key piece to their offense long-term. Reported annual salary is $14 million a year. By comparison, the Packers recently gave Davante Adams an extension at $14.5 million per year.