Green Bay selected Clark as a 20-year-old out of UCLA in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft and, to date, he has grown to be an effective asset along the defensive line. With Mike Daniels in the last year of his contract, it would have been a surprise if the Packers didn't exercise Clark's fifth-year option. It's likely only a matter of time until the two sides agree to a long-term extension.
Clark missed the final three games of last season with a sprained elbow. Now healthy, the fourth-year defensive lineman is primed to build off a stellar 2018 campaign in which Clark graded out as the No. 9 overall defensive lineman per Pro Football Focus. It helps that he'll have continuity from a coaching standpoint thanks to the Packers' decision to retain defensive coordinator Mike Pettine for 2019.
After being diagnosed with a sprained elbow coming out of the Dec. 9 win over the Falcons, Clark was expected to be shut down for the season, but the Packers waited more than two weeks to make it official with the IR move. Clark took another step forward in his third NFL campaign to cement himself as one of the most dominant interior linemen in the NFL, tallying 55 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble across his 13 outings. His absence for the Week 17 matchup with the Lions will open up another starting opportunity for Tyler Lancaster.
Clark (elbow) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Clark was reportedly headed to injured reserve earlier this week, but he described that information as a "miscommunication," according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. The 23-year-old also termed the injury as an elbow sprain and could still end up missing the final two games of the season. Tyler Lancaster should start at nose tackle in his absence.
Clark (elbow) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Clark suffered an elbow injury in Week 14 against the Falcons, the severity of which now lands him on season-ending injured reserve. With the Packers' playoff hopes eliminated, the team has decided to shut Clark down and avoid any risk of further injury. The former 2016 first round pick will reportedly not require surgery to recover from the issue.
|2016||Green Bay Packers||16||21||13.0||8||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||15||55||32.0||23||4.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||13||55||36.0||19||6||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||0||0||2||2||2||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||15||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||13||0||0||1||0||2||0||2||0|