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Packers-Titans: Jermaine Whitehead leaves game with back injury

The versatile safety leaves with apparent injury during the second quarter of the preseason opener.

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Vying for a 53-man roster spot at a safety position already seeking extra depth, Jermaine Whitehead was sidelined during the second quarter of the Green Bay Packers’ exhibition opener with a back injury against the Tennessee Titans. He is listed as questionable to return.

Without long-time veteran Morgan Burnett in 2018, Green Bay was already stricken by the injury bug early in camp when Kentrell Brice suffered an ankle injury. In his second season with the Packers, Whitehead was next in line for a role at safety and had a strong showing in the Packers’ annual Family Night practice with several successful blitzes from the slot. His versatility as a dime cornerback in training camp certainly could help win Whitehead a spot on the active roster with Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Josh Jones, and Brice in position to earn 53-man spots.

Whitehead was the lone Packers injury reported during an otherwise healthy first half of preseason action on Thursday night. A back injury could mean a variety of possibilities and, while there will be updates to come, it would not appear the injury is too serious. Whitehead likely will sit out the rest of the game for precautionary reasons.

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