Brice (ankle) returned to practice Monday, Michael Cohen of The Athletic Wisconsin reports.
Brice's return to the practice field comes one week after he was carted off with what was believed to be a serious leg injury. However, further testing ultimately showed that the injury was a lot less severe than originally thought. As a result, Brice is already back on the practice field and the Packers avoid losing a key piece to their secondary.
Brice (leg) indicated Tuesday that his ankle issue is less severe than it could have been, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Bryce could be in line for significant playing time this season following the departure of Morgan Burnett via free agency. The Packers still sport Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Josh Jones (ankle) at safety, however, and bolstered the cornerback group by drafting two players -- Josh Jackson and Jaire Alexander -- and by signing Tramon Williams. Brice filled in for Burnett at points last season before his ankle injury forced him to IR and should battle Jones in training camp for a starting spot alongside Clinton-Dix if he can return sooner rather than later.
Brice underwent X-Rays to assess the damage to his injured leg, but results came back negative as he avoided any fractures, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Brice still doesn't have an official recovery timetable due to the nature of his swelling, but more information regarding his injury should become available later in the week. The issue was initially expected to be severe, but it appears he may have avoided a season-ending injury after the X-Rays came back negative.
Brice was carted off the field during Monday's practice after suffering a potentially serious leg injury, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Brice sustained the injury during a punting drill, while it remains to be seen if the potentially serious issue will be season-ending or not. Starting safety Josh Jones (ankle) is also dealing with an injury of his own, so Marwin Evans could be in line for reps with the first team next to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the secondary.
Brice (ankle), who's been fully cleared for football activities, was recently mentioned by head coach Mike McCarthy as a legitimate candidate to start at strong safety in 2018, Jason Wilde of the Journal Times reports. "I would definitely be shocked if we're not sitting here after the season thinking that he's definitely taken a big jump, because I've seen it throughout the offseason," McCarthy said.
Brice, who missed 10 games due to ankle surgery last season, received full medical clearance ahead of minicamp earlier this month after being a limited participant in OTAs. While many have been quick to anoint 2017 second-rounder Josh Jones as the heir apparent to the empty job at starting strong safety, it sounds like a healthy Brice is making quite the impression ahead of his third professional season. If Brice beats the odds and wins the job, he could be a sneaky upside pick in IDP formats given his tackle potential.
|3||9/23/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|8||10/28/18||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ NE||8:20 pm|
|11||11/15/18||@ SEA||8:20 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ MIN||8:20 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||16||26||22.0||4||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||6||23||19.0||4||0||1||11||11.0||11||0||3|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||2||15||12.0||3||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2017||Green Bay Packers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|