It’s what we all expected would be the case. When linebacker Jake Ryan went down on Monday, it was presumed that he tore his ACL.
That has now been confirmed.
#Packers LB Jake Ryan has nene diagnosed with a torn ACL, source said. Was primed for a big season. Now his 2018 is over.
Ryan, who would have been playing his fourth season, had been a part-time starter for the Green Bay Packers. He started 12 games in 2017 and 10 in 2016. Ryan had 81 and 82 tackles in those seasons, respectively.
Ryan has been solid against the run, but isn’t good in coverage. That’s part of the reason Blake Martinez has become the No. 1 and most used inside linebacker. That’s also part of the reason the Packers drafted Oren Burks in the third round.
The Packers have already said they have no plans to sign a veteran, even though there are some capable guys available.
So it looks like it will be Martinez, Burks and whatever safety the Packers drop into the box.