The Green Bay Packers were dealt a terrible blow on Monday and although we don't have all the details even now, what we do know is that the initial reports on this situation do not sound the least bit promising.
The first injury came to Packers safety Kentrell Brice. Brice was injured when the Packers were engaged in a punting drill early on during their Monday practice and although the Packers have not provided any official confirmation the injury appears to be to his left leg. That was followed up by another injury to Packers inside Linebacker Jake Ryan. In Ryan's case he appeared to injure his right leg as he was making a tackle later on in the practice, and this appears to be the one that has caused the most concern.
Reports our of Green Bay are claiming that Ryan was seen screaming in agony and pounding his fists into the dirt as he writhed in pain on the ground, and if a guy as tough as Jake Ryan is screaming in pain it usually is not a good sign moving forward.
“That was bad, man. You hate to see that,” said second-year safety Josh Jones as per the Wisconsin State Journal. “That’s your brother. You don’t like to see an injury, period. (But) we need everybody. We need all parts, everybody locked in, all hands on deck. You hate to see a loss, especially guys that are a big part of the defense.”
If this proves to be another serious injury to Brice it will mark his second such injury in the past two seasons and you have to start to wonder how that may impact his future in Green Bay moving forward. Brice missed a significant portion of last season due to an ankle injury and was expected to be a big part of Green Bay's roster this season. A long term injury would leave the Packers scrambling for a replacement for the second time is as many years as well.
The injury to Ryan however may prove to be the most significant for the Packers however merely due to the lack of depth they currently boast at the inside linebacker position. The Packers do have some talent at the position but of their remaining inside linebackers only Blake Martinez has any experience playing in a live National Football League game before.
A rough day for the Packers to be sure.
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