Ryan is still recovering from a preseason ACL tear that forced him to miss the entire 2018 season, but he's expected to compete for the starting middle linebacker spot should he return to form. In two seasons as one of the starting inside linebackers for the Packers, Ryan racked up 163 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
Ryan missed the entire 2018 season -- the final year of his rookie contract -- due to an ACL injury sustained in training camp. After posting double-digit games and over 80 tackles in both 2016 and 2017, the 26-year-old now is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. While Ryan should draw a solid market in free agency if the Packers don't re-sign him, it's worth noting that the inside linebacker still faces a lengthy road to recovery. "In college," Ryan said, "I pushed my rehab and pushed everything. This go-round with this ACL is different. I'm just going to stay patient with it."
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.
|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|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||Green Bay Packers||14||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|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|