Kirksey recorded a sack and an interception across 12 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Titans.
Kirksey played limited snaps Sunday night but was still able to make a huge impact, as the veteran recorded his first sack and second interception in a Packers' uniform. From Week 10 through Week 15, Kirksey was averaging over 62 snaps per game, but it appears Green Bay is now favoring Krys Barnes for the time being.
Kirksey collected seven tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 30-16 victory over the Eagles.
Kirksey turned in another solid showing, leading the Packers with seven tackles on the way to a win. He's now registered 30 tackles (17 solo), two passes defensed and an interception over his last four contests.
Kirksey registered 11 tackles (six solo), one pass defensed and an interception in Sunday's game against the Colts.
Kirksey was the recipient of a tipped pass from Philip Rivers in the first half, ultimately resulting in a touchdown for his squad. The linebacker also led his team in tackles, marking his third double-digit total in five games this year. Kirksey has collected 45 tackles (28 solo) and one pass defensed to go with Sunday's interception so far this season.
Kirksey posted seven tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 24-20 win over the Jaguars.
Kirksey returned to action after six weeks on IR with a pectoral injury, and he played every defensive snap and led the team in tackles. His starting job should be secure even when Krys Barnes returns from the reserve/COVID-19 list, too. Kirksey is an intriguing IDP play, as he's piled up 31 tackles in his three non-injury-shortened games.
The Packers activated Kirksey (pectoral) from injured reserve Saturday.
Kirksey will return to the lineup Sunday against the Jaguars, and he should start at inside linebacker right away. In the two games this season where Kirksey played every snap, he totaled 12 tackles. The 28-year-old has a high floor as an IDP option, but his ceiling is capped, as he hasn't recorded a sack since the 2017 season.
Coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that he's optimistic about Kirksey's (pectoral) chances of suiting up for Sunday's game against Jacksonville, Rob Demovsky of ESPN NFL Nation reports.
Kirksey's status will be confirmed by Saturday, as the team will need to activate him from IR in order for the linebacker to be eligible to suit up Sunday. Wide receiver Allen Lazard (abdomen) is in the same situation. Kirksey had been off to a hot start prior to getting hurt in Week 3, opening the season with a pair of 12-tackle performances.
The Packers failed to activate Kirksey (pectoral) for Thursday's game against the 49ers, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
Kirksey returned to practice Oct. 28, signaling his impending return to the field. The Packers still have two weeks to take the veteran off injured reserve, so there's certainly a good chance for Kirksey to return this season. Kirksey racked up 12 tackles through the first two games before getting hurt, and he'll have an extra 10 days to prepare before his next chance to suit up in Week 10 against Jacksonville.
Kirksey (pectoral) has been cleared for practice, opening up a 21-day window for him to be taken off IR, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
While Kirksey's eligible to return to game action as soon as Sunday against the Vikings, Silverstein cautions that the Packers like to use practice as part of the rehab process and rarely activate players in the same week that they resume practicing. With that information in mind, it's more likely that Kirksey's next game action won't come until Week 9 in San Francisco. The linebacker had racked up 12 tackles in Weeks 1 and 2 before getting injured early in Week 3 against the Saints, so his return should deliver a major boost to a Packers defense that has struggled to stop the run.
The Packers placed Kirksey (pectoral) on injured reserve Saturday, Wes Hodkiewicz of the team's official site reports.
Kirksey was already ruled out for Monday's game versus the Falcons, and he now won't be able to return until Week 7 against the Texans, at the earliest. The former Browns linebacker played every defensive snap before suffering this injury and piled up 27 tackles through three games. Ty Summers, Krys Barnes and Oren Burks will need to step up during his absence.
Kirksey (pectoral) was unable to participate during Thursday's practice session.
The long-time Brown remains doubtful for Week 4, after Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reported that Kirksey would "miss some time" with the injury he suffered against the Saints on Sunday Night Football. If Kirksey is indeed unable to go in an upcoming Monday night matchup against Atlanta, 2019 seventh-round pick Ty Summers would stand to see an uptick in defensive usage.
Kirksey is expected to miss games with a shoulder injury he picked up in Sunday's 37-30 win over the Saints, but the injury isn't expected to require surgery, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
The nature of Kirksey's injury still isn't clear, but it's unlikely he plays in Week 4's matchup against the Falcons. However, he could have a chance to return after the Week 5 bye, but there's still no clear timeline or report on the nature of his injury. Ty Summers filled the void when he went down Sunday and will likely continue to do so until Kirksey returns.
Kirksey (shoulder) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Saints.
Kirksey got hurt in the first half and was ruled out at halftime. Ty Summers should continue to fill in for Kirksey, who will set his sights on a Week 4 return against the Falcons.
Kirksey (shoulder) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Saints.
With the oft-injured Kirksey sidelined, Ty Summers is filling in at inside linebacker. Kirksey would be a big loss for Green Bay's run defense after racking up 12 tackles in each of the team's first two games this season.
Kirksey recorded 12 tackles (10 solo) in Sunday's win over the Lions.
Kirksey was all over the field Sunday, as he now has 24 total tackles through his first two games with the Packers. What may be even more impressive is the fact Kirksey has not missed a defensive snap yet this season after struggling with injuries in recent years.
Kirksey made a team-leading 12 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's victory over the Vikings.
The Packers are banking on Kirksey staying healthy and playing a big role in the middle of their defense in 2020, and he did just that in Week 1. Kirksey was on the field for all 52 plays run by the Vikings' offense, so he will have plenty opportunities to make stops as long as he is out there. Keep in mind, the player he replaced in Green Bay -- Blake Martinez -- finished second in the league with 155 total tackles a year ago.
Kirksey feels completely healthy ahead of the 2020 campaign, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
Kirksey has missed most of the last two seasons due to separate hamstring and pectoral injuries, but when healthy he has proven to be an above-average middle linebacker capable of playing all three downs. It's a uniquely interesting spot to monitor throughout training camp for IDP leagues given previous Packers starting middle linebacker Blake Martinez averaged 148 tackles in each of the last three seasons. Kirksey has far more range and explosiveness than the now current Giants starter, but a history of nagging injuries could thwart a possible underrated star in IDP formats.
Kirksey (pectoral) said in a recent conference call with Packers reporters "Just looking at the playbook, I think there are plays out there for the [middle inside linebacker]," Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Amid an offseason of unique hurdles including shortened in-person activities, Kirksey appears to be enjoying an opportunity to pick up his new playbook while focus on maintaining full health. An explosive playmaker when healthy, injuries limited Kirksey to just nine combined games over the last two seasons. Now having linked with the Packers courtesy of a two-year, $16 million contract, Kirksey stands to see plenty of opportunity in 2020, provided he can keep on the field. Blake Martinez, who Kirksey is set to replace as Green Bay's starting inside linebacker, eclipsed 100 tackles every year from 2017-19, including a league leading 144-tackle campaign in 2017.
Kirksey (pectoral) is signing a two-year, $16 million contract with the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Kirksey was cut by the Browns last week, having played just nine games through two seasons of a four-year, $38 million contract. It looks like he won't be taking much of a pay cut for practical purposes, with the Packers banking on the 27-year-old to return to his peak form of 2016 and 2017. Kirksey started all 32 games between those two seasons, piling up 286 tackles and six sacks in a three-down role. He'll start at inside linebacker for Green Bay, potentially allowing the team to move on from impending free agent Blake Martinez. The pectoral tear that ended Kirksey's 2019 campaign in September shouldn't be an issue by the time training camp begins.
Kirksey (pectoral) will visit the Raiders on Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Released by the Browns on Tuesday, the 27-year-old linebacker already has visits lined up with three teams, per Dan Graziano of ESPN.com. Injuries limited Kirksey to nine appearances over the past two seasons, but prior to that he was a 16-game starter for Cleveland in 2016 and 2017. He should make a full recovery from October pectoral surgery before the start of training camp this summer.
The Browns released Kirksey (pectoral) on Tuesday.
Kirksey made it through two seasons of a four-year, $38 million extension, playing just nine games in that stretch after opening his career with four consecutive 16-game campaigns. A torn pectoral ended his 2019 season in September and required surgery in early October. The 27-year-old linebacker should be healthy before training camp, and his 2016-17 peak -- 286 tackles, six sacks -- ensures he'll have interest from multiple teams.
|Sun 09/13||@ MIN||W 43-34||6||6||12||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/20||vs DET||W 42-21||9||3||12||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ NO||W 37-30||3||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/15||vs JAC||W 24-20||4||3||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||@ IND||L 31-34||6||5||11||0||1||1||0||0|
|Sun 11/29||vs CHI||W 41-25||2||3||5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/06||vs PHI||W 30-16||5||2||7||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||@ DET||W 31-24||1||3||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sat 12/19||vs CAR||W 24-16||5||4||9||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/27||vs TEN||W 40-14||1||0||1||1||1||1||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||@ CHI||W 35-16||4||2||6||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sat 01/16||vs LAR||W 32-18||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
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