Ryan was placed on injured reserve Monday, the team's official site reports.
Ryan's trip to the IR was inevitable after he was carted off the practice field last Monday and ultimately diagnosed with a torn ACL. He'll endure a lengthy road to recovery after undergoing surgery to repair the knee, but he could be ready for training camp in 2019. Expect rookie third-rounder Oren Burks to have an inside route to a starting role at inside linebacker next to Blake Martinez for the Packers this season.
Ryan (knee) was diagnosed Wednesday with a torn ACL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Ryan will require surgery to address the injury, ending his season more than a month before it even began. His absence will force Green Bay will need to find another starter at inside linebacker next to Blake Martinez. The Packers would like to see rookie third-round pick Oren Burks seize the opportunity, as the depth chart otherwise consists of young, undrafted players. Ryan played 507 snaps on defense and 211 on special teams in 15 games last season, notching 81 tackles and the first sack of his career. He'll become a free agent next winter with his rookie contract coming to an end after the 2018 campaign.
Ryan was carted off the field during Monday's practice after suffering a potentially serious knee injury, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Ryan spent several minutes on the ground and was ultimately unable to put much weight at all on his injured right leg, so the possibility of a severe issue is evident. The inside linebacker had been working with the first team as he expected to start next to Blake Martinez, while Ahmad Thomas and Oren Burks figure to be in line for additional chances at securing a heightened role with Ryan potentially sidelined for quite some time. Additional updates regarding Ryan's status should become available this week.
Ryan worked with the starting defense during the opening day of training camp, Zach Heilprin of WHTQ 96.7 FM reports.
Like last season, Ryan lined up alongside Blake Martinez at inside linebacker. However, Martinez, who tied for the league lead in tackles last season, has been the more effective player of the two over the past couple of seasons, so if third-round rookie Oren Burks begins to impress during training camp, Ryan is likely the one who will receive the demotion. With that said, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine could get creative with his personnel in different packages this season, so Ryan will likely log a significant number of defensive snaps regardless of his formal slotting on the depth chart.
Ryan (hamstring) was held back during Tuesday's mandatory minicamp, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Ryan has back-to-back, 80-tackle seasons under his belt, but more competition has arrived in Green Bay. Versatile LB Oren Burks from Vanderbilt was drafted in the third round and could press for snaps. However, the focus at the moment is getting healthy, and there isn't a clear timeline for his recovery.
|2015||Green Bay Packers||14||50||35.0||15||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||14||82||57.0||25||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||15||81||52.0||29||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2016||Green Bay Packers||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||15||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|