Green Bay Packers football is built on tradition. Under Mike McCarthy, it’s also built on injuries.
Every year, the Packers lose key players for stretches because of injury. Every team loses guys, but it’s almost comical how the Packers just can’t stay healthy every damn year.
We’re four practices into training camp and the Packers already have what appear to be two serious injuries.
Safety Kentrell Brice, who had been lining up with the first-team defense, was carted off the practice field earlier today. Linebacker Jake Ryan was carted off a little later.
Defensive end Mike Daniels also got hurt, although he was able to limp off under his own power.
The extent of Brice’s injury is unknown, but you don’t get carted off for a knick or scrape. Ryan’s injury appears to be serious. The only good news is it appears Daniels will be fine.
So it would appear Mike Daniels injury isn't serious, Jake Ryan's is and Kentrell Brice is unknown at this point. Also, Aaron Jones said he should be back on the field later this week.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) July 30, 2018
Oh, right. Running back Aaron Jones has been sitting with — want to take a guess? — a hamstring injury.
Ryan was described as devastated by fellow inside linebacker Blake Martinez.
Blake Martinez said he spoke to teammate Jake Ryan after practice and said Ryan was devastated over his knee injury. No word on the extent of it. Martinez said he told the young ILBs they need to be ready.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) July 30, 2018
If Ryan is sidelined for an extended period, which it appears will be the case, the Packers may well have to rely on rookie Oren Burks to pick up some snaps. There’s also a good possibility that they’ll employ an extra defensive back in place of a linebacker.
However, as long as Martinez is available, we’re not terribly concerned.
As far as the safety position goes, McCarthy has been raving about Brice since OTAs. Surely, his absence will mean a bigger role for Josh Jones, who played poorly as a rookie in 2017.
Naturally, people are throwing around the name Eric Reid, as well. The veteran and former Pro Bowler remains a free agent. It is widely assumed that is the case because of his national anthem protests. Certainly, the guy can still play. Reid had 67 tackles and two picks in 13 games for the 49ers in 2017.
The question is, would the Packers sign someone who might be viewed a controversial?
Personally, I’d rather have Reid at the back of the secondary than I would Jones.