Jake Ryan’s season is over before even making it to a preseason game after the Packers inside linebacker was diagnosed with a torn ACL, according to a report by the NFL Network.
On Tuesday head coach Mike McCarthy said Ryan was undergoing tests after he was carted off with an apparent knee injury the day before. Other reports indicated there were fears Ryan had sustained a serious knee injury. Fears that were ultimately realized with a torn ACL, which has a year recovery time.
Ryan was coming off a season in 2017 where he started 12 games for the Packers and racked up 52 tackles with a sack.
Replacing that production for now will fall to a young inside linebacker group that features last year’s team leader in tackles, Blake Martinez, and a group of guys with little to no NFL experience. A day following Ryan’s injury it was third round pick Oren Burks taking most of the snaps along side Martinez.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said on Tuesday the team will practice patience and likely go with the guys they have at this time.
Ryan is also set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season when his rookie contract runs out.