The Green Bay Packers have their first major injury of 2019. Like last season, it comes at the inside linebacker position; while Jake Ryan was a casualty of a torn ACL in camp last year, now Oren Burks appears to have a torn pectoral muscle.
Last year, Burks was the player asked to fill in for Ryan initially, but then he had an injury in camp and the team went out to get Antonio Morrison late in training camp. They may be on the lookout for a veteran inside linebacker through a trade or on the waiver wire once again, but for the time being it is a handful of rookies and special teams players competing for a starting job next to Blake Martinez.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the football the Packers saw the first real signs of a resurgence from a disappointing wide receiver. It has been a long year-plus for J’Mon Moore, who got passed over in the wideout rotation last year, but Sunday was a big positive for him. The question now is whether he can carry over that improvement into game action starting this Thursday in Baltimore.
The team is off from practice on Monday, so we’ll need to wait until tomorrow to learn more about the Packers’ plans for these position groups.
Picture has changed for Packers’ young inside linebackers | Packers.com
With Oren Burks reportedly suffering a torn pec, which will keep him out a long time, the Packers have a big hole to fill. Over the weekend, undrafted rookie Curtis Bolton got the first-team reps in Burks' spot next to Blake Martinez rather than 7th-round pick Ty Summers.
J’Mon Moore determined to build off ‘best practice’ get off wide receiver bubble | Packersnews.com
Moore had a pretty poor game on Thursday, but after some soul-searching following Saturday’s practice, he had a great day on Sunday — perhaps the best practice he has ever had. Now he says he needs to just focus on slowing things down and not over-thinking his actions out on the field.
Matt LaFleur says Packers missed 24 tackles vs. Texans | Packers Wire
There are a few big reasons for that big number. First, it was the team's first truly live tackling all year. Second, Joe Webb is still elusive, and he probably racked up at least half of those on his own.
Ravens trade kicker Vedvik to Vikings for pick | ESPN
Everybody assumed that the Bears would trade for Vedvik, to the point that his Wikipedia page predicted it. Instead, he goes to Minnesota for a fifth-round draft pick.
NFL preseason: Fans love to overreact to performances | SI.com
Yeah, most of these are pretty spot on.
Germans kept up at night by noisy igelsex (that’s hedgehog coupling) | The Guardian
First, the fact that the word "igel" is German for hedgehog is amusing to me. Also they have an "hours-long mating ritual" that's so noisy, it is even making Germans uncomfortable.