Just after halftime in week two, the Green Bay Packers have seen their first seemingly significant injury of the regular season. Early in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings, safety Raven Greene landed awkwardly after a run by Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Greene laid on the field for a few minutes before a cart came on to take him to the locker room.
The injury appeared to be to Greene’s right ankle, as Vikings tight end Irv Smith landed on that leg after trying to block Greene on the back side of the play. Indeed, the Packers announced Greene as questionable to return to the game with an ankle injury.
The Packers led 21-10 at the time of Greene’s injury. He had played significant snaps in week one as the team’s hybrid safety/linebacker, and did so again in this game on passing situations. Will Redmond came on in Greene’s place as the Packers forced a Vikings punt on the series. Meanwhile, linebacker B.J. Goodson, a recent acquisition, had played linebacker on early downs and in short-yardage situations prior to the injury.
Greene’s absence would be a significant one if he is out for any length of time. He was very good in week one, providing coverage help on tight ends and running backs, and was solid once again through the first half of this game. Stay tuned for more updates on Greene’s status.
UPDATE: In the fourth quarter, the Packers ruled Greene out for the remainder of the game.