Linebacker Jake Ryan will miss the entire 2018 season due to a torn ACL, according to reports from NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The injury occurred at Monday’s practice, where Ryan had to be carted off the field. This leaves a huge void at the inside linebacker position, and the Green Bay Packers will look to address this misfortune as soon as possible.
The 26-year old was entering his 4th season, being drafted in the fourth round in the 2015 NFL Draft. Accumulating a career total of 213 combined tackles, three passes defended and one sack in 43 games (27 starts), Ryan has proven to be an effective run stopper for the Packers defense.
Identifying Ryan’s replacement will be a battle between 2018 third round pick Oren Burk and second-year LB Ahmad Thomas. Nevertheless, the Packers may also look at free agency to find Jake Ryan’s replacement.
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