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s. Raiders The Green Bay Packers’ preseason game didn’t even kick off yet and the team already suffered an injury. According to multiple media reports Green Bay Packers T-Shirt , Packers rookie inside linebacker Oren Burks injured his shoulder during pregame warm ups.Given that the Packers are already without Jake Ryan for the entire 2018 season, they can ill afford any additional injuries at inside linebacker. It is unclear how many time (if any) Burks will miss, but Green Bay almost certainly will need to look outside the organization if there is any chance the rookie won’t be ready for Week 1.Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said Burks was in line for a lot of playing time as a rookie, so this is a potentially devastating blow to his defense. As for tonight, Ahmad Thomas and Greer Martini will likely get the bulk of the workload in Burks’ place.Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel speculated early on that the injury may have been a dislocated shoulder. However, Burks was not wearing a sling at kickoff, so there is no firm diagnosis or confirmation as to the extent of his injury for the time being.As for any potential outside replacements, Navarro Bowman is a popular name that has been linked to the Packers in recent weeks. Green Bay could move Clay Matthews inside more but they’d still likely prefer to utilize his skills as a pass rusher full-time.Regardless, this is not an injury the Packers need right now. Let’s just hope it’s not severe.Packers LB Oren Burks appears to have avoided serious injury Green Bay Packers fans flew into panic mode just before kickoff of Friday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, and with good reason. With the team already down one starting inside linebacker Green Bay Packers Hats , Jake Ryan, their promising third round rookie suffered an injury in warm-ups that ended up making him a scratch for the game.After two impressive early performances from Oren Burks, who had the starting job essentially thrust upon him, seeing him hurt seriously would be one of the last things the team could afford. The team even traded for a linebacker on Sunday, acquiring Antonio Morrison from the Colts, which seemed to indicate that Burks could miss significant time.Luckily however, it appears that Burks' shoulder injury is not very serious. Head coach Mike McCarthy said as much in his Sunday press conference, and although he did not give a timeline for Burks' return, he said the injury should not be "a long term deal." Still, any time off for Burks - whether he misses only the preseason finale or if his absence extends into the regular season - will mean more responsibilities for the team's other linebackers. That group includes top backups Ahmad Thomas and Greer Martini in particular Green Bay Packers Womens Hoodie , but also the newly-arrived Morrison. Martini started next to Blake Martinez in Burks' place on Friday night, with Thomas taking the field on passing downs.Morrison's immediate role is unclear, but the former Colt was acquired on Sunday in exchange for cornerback Lenzy Pipkins. He was drafted a few picks ahead of Martinez in 2016 and is coming off a season that saw him start 15 games, but a new front office in Indy and several new linebackers had him on the outside of the roster bubble looking in. Now he'll have just under a week to demonstrate that he is worthy of a spot on the Packers' 53.When Burks does return, expect him to rejoin the starting lineup rght away. Through two preseason games he has looked like every bit the athletic, instinctive player that he was made out to be , chasing ball carriers sideline to sideline and being a pest for opposing running backs in the passing game as well. If his return does indeed come sooner rather than later, that will bode well for the defense as a whole.
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