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58 Christian Kirksey OLB

Green Bay Packers

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March 17, 2020 10:08 AM
Packers' Christian Kirksey: Inks deal with Green Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 11, 2020 11:28 AM
Christian Kirksey: Checking out Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 10, 2020 11:32 AM
Christian Kirksey: Cut by Cleveland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 2, 2019 11:28 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Likely out for season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle and is expected to miss the remainder of the season, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Though he was placed on injured reserve Sept. 21, Kirksey is eligible to return at any point after Week 11, but the surgery likely ensures that he won't be one of the two players the Browns bring back from IR. The 27-year-old linebacker has ample time to recover ahead of the 2020 season, the final year of his contract. Mack Wilson has played every snap at weakside linebacker in Kirksey's place the past two weeks and is expected to hold down a spot in the starting lineup the rest of the way.

September 25, 2019 09:52 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Could require surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Browns are finalizing a decision Wednesday on whether Kirksey (chest) will undergo surgery, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Kirksey may be nursing a torn pectoral muscle, but the exact specifications of his injury remain undisclosed. If the 27-year-old is required to undergo surgery, it will likely hurt his chances of returning from injured reserve later this season. Mack Wilson is filling in for Kirksey in Cleveland's starting lineup.

September 21, 2019 11:12 AM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Lands on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey (chest) has been placed on IR.

In a corresponding move, the Browns promoted fellow linebacker Willie Harvey from their practice squad. It remains to be seen if Kirksey might be a candidate to return to action later this season, with that possibility likely tied to whether or not he needs surgery to address what may be a torn pectoral muscle. In the coming weeks, Mack Wilson is in line to fill Kirksey's spot in the team's starting lineup.

September 21, 2019 10:00 AM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Could be headed to IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey (chest) is a candidate to be placed on IR, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Per Cabot, the linebacker may have suffered a torn pec, an injury that would require an extended recovery. If that's the case, this will mark the second season in a row that Kirksey will be derailed by an injury. After playing all 16 games in each of his first four NFL campaigns, the 27-year-old was limited to seven games in 2018. Going forward, Mack Wilson is expected to move into Kirksey's starting spot, while linebacker depth will be added by the promotion of Willie Harvey from the team's practice squad.

September 20, 2019 11:36 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Ruled out for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey (chest) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Rams, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Kirksey may need surgery to repair the chest injury he incurred in Monday's game versus the Jets, but that has yet to be confirmed. He has missed every practice this week, however, and surgery could force Kirksey into an extended recovery schedule. For now, a rotation of Malik Jefferson and Sione Takitaki should fill the void at weak-side linebacker.

September 19, 2019 02:52 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Could require surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey may require surgery to address a chest injury sustained during Monday's win over the Jets, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The details of Kirksey's injury remain undisclosed. The starting linebacker certainly appears likely to miss Sunday's contest against the Rams, and could be in line for a significant recovery timeline should he ultimately need to undergo surgery. Rookie Mack Wilson would likely slide into the starting lineup beginning in Week 3 if Kirksey is forced to miss time.

September 19, 2019 12:00 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Absent from practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey (chest) is not practicing Thursday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Kirksey is managing a chest injury of undisclosed severity and has yet to practice this week. He'll have one more opportunity to participate in practice ahead of Sunday's contest against the Rams. If Kirksey were forced to miss any time, Malik Jefferson would likely slot into the starting lineup.

September 18, 2019 01:12 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Misses practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey (undisclosed) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Kirksey played every snap in the season opener versus the Titans but only 84 percent of the snaps in Week 2, so he may have tweaked something in the latter outing. The Browns are banged up right now, as linebacker Adarius Taylor (ankle) also missed practice Wednesday. Kirksey needs to practice in some capacity to have a chance for Sunday's game versus the Rams.

June 6, 2019 02:56 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Looking healthy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey (hamstring) is participating in the Browns' mandatory minicamp, Ben Axelrod of WKYC Channel 3 Cleveland reports.

It's not clear how involved Kirksey was in prior offseason workouts coming off a 2018 campaign that was cut short after seven games due to a hamstring injury. The 26-year-old was back working with the first-team defense alongside linebackers Joe Schobert and Adarius Taylor during practice this week. After two seasons in which he posted at least 138 tackles, Kirksey was only on pace for 98 stops before going down in 2018. A healthy Kirksey could be in store for quite the rebound playing behind a ferocious Browns defensive line that added Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon this offseason.

November 7, 2018 03:20 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Shifts to injured reserve
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Browns placed Kirksey (hamstring) on injured reserve Wednesday, Andrew Gribble of the team's official site reports.

The linebacker had battled through a number of injuries during the campaign, sitting out Weeks 2 and 3 as a result. Kirksey had played each of the past six games and recently shifted over from the weak side to fill in for the injured Joe Schobert (hamstring) in the middle, but he departed in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Chiefs with a hamstring issue of his own. An MRI apparently revealed that Kirksey's injury was at least a week-to-week concern, prompting the Browns to shut the 26-year-old down for the remainder of the season. With Kirksey out of commission and Schobert's return date still uncertain, rookie Genard Avery should be locked into a starting role for the rest of the way.

November 4, 2018 06:56 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Departs game with injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey injured his hamstring and is questionable to return to Sunday's game versus the Chiefs, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Kirksey made three solo tackles before leaving the contest. He's been highly durable in his career, missing just two games -- both this season -- in five years. If he doesn't return, expect Tanner Vallejo to see an uptick in usage.

October 23, 2018 02:16 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Tallies another interception
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey recorded 10 tackles (seven solo), recovered a fumble, and intercepted a pass in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.

Kirksey didn't record a single interception through his first four seasons, but he now has two in as many weeks. He'll be a quality IDP if he can continue stacking performances like he has in the last pair of contests. Looking ahead, he and the Browns will head to Pittsburgh to face off against the Steelers in Week 8.

October 15, 2018 12:24 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Grabs first interception Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey posted one tackle and defended two passes, including an interception, in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Kirksey's interception Sunday was the first of his five-year NFL career. While his one tackle was none too impressive, he made a couple quality plays in pass defense. He and the Browns will look to secure another win in Week 7 when they take on Tampa Bay.

October 8, 2018 04:28 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Double-digit tackles in Week 5
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey recorded 12 tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 12-9 win over Baltimore.

Kirksey's 12 tackles more than doubled his season total entering Sunday's tilt. He had struggled with the flu during the week, but it didn't seem to affect him during the contest. He'll look to build on his strong performance next week against the Chargers.

October 7, 2018 01:24 PM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Will play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Kirksey dealt with an illness Friday and the flu impacted his availability for practice, but he'll suit up Sunday and start at outside linebacker per usual. If he were to suffer any setbacks, however, Tanner Vallejo and Genard Avery could be asked to step up.

October 7, 2018 10:52 AM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Likely to suit up Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey (illness) is expected to play Sunday versus the Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Kirksey's final status still won't be reported until 11:30 ET when the inactives report comes out, but it appears he's in the fold after being "quarantined" Friday. If he suffers a setback, expect Tanner Vallejo and Genard Avery to see an uptick in snaps.

October 6, 2018 11:32 AM
Browns' Christian Kirksey: Questionable for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kirksey is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens as he battles the flu, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Kirksey has been "quarantined" according to head coach Hue Jackson, as he wasn't present on the injury report before Friday. The 26-year-old is likely to be a game-time decision considering how late in the week the flu cropped up. Tanner Vallejo and Genard Avery could see increased snaps if Kirksey is unable to suit up.

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Schedule
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
Career Defensive Stats
SeasonTeamGGSTKLTLKASTSACKSINTYDSLGDTDPASS DEF
2020GB00000000000
2019CLE221165000000
2018CLE7743291402171305
2017CLE161613786513.500006
2016CLE161614896522.500003
2015CLE1656340233.500001
2014CLE168814734200003
Total7354484 304.0180 11.521713016
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/235
Birthdate:
8/31/1992
Age:
27
Hometown:
St. Louis, MO, USA
School:
Iowa
NFL Experience:
7
Awards: