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Kenny Clark Injury: Packers’ top defensive lineman leaves game with shin injury, returns

Clark is officially questionable to return.

Wild Card Round - New York Giants v Green Bay Packers
GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 8: Kenny Clark #97 of the Green Bay Packers reacts in the third quarter during the NFC Wild Card game against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers’ run defense has struggled this season, and the going just got a bit tougher against the Oakland Raiders and bruising rookie running back Josh Jacobs.

The anchor of the Packers’ run defense is nose tackle Kenny Clark, who has been on the field for over 85 percent of the team’s defensive snaps through six games. However, Clark was injured in the second quarter of week seven’s game against the Raiders and is questionable to return to the game.

Clark’s injury is officially to his shin, and he appeared to receive the injury on a tackle of Jacobs. He limped off the field initially and went into the injury tent, then took a cart to the locker room to be fully evaluated. Tyler Lancaster replaced Clark on the ensuing play and the Packers ended up giving up a touchdown pass later on the drive.

The Packers have all of their defensive linemen active for today’s game, so Clark’s injury should lead to more snaps for the likes of Lancaster, Montravius Adams, and Kingsley Keke should he be unable to return.

However, Clark did return to the sideline from the locker room under his own power, so stay tuned to see if he returns to the field on the Raiders’ next offensive possession.

UPDATE: Clark returned to the game on the next series, which resulted in Raiders quarterback Derek Carr fumbling the ball through the end zone for a turnover.