The Green Bay Packers suffered a laundry list of injuries in Week 9 at Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions. While fans were hoping that most of the injuries were minor, the team got some worst-case scenario news the morning after the loss.
It was a Sunday to forget for the Packers, who lost their fifth straight game in a sloppy 15-9 loss to the Lions. The loss moved them to 3-6 on the year and took them effectively out of the playoff race, but the injuries were the bigger story.
Injuries during the Week 9 matchup included the losses of rookie wideout Romeo Doubds, cornerback Eric Stokes, running back Aaron Jones, and star pass rusher Rashan Gary. While there have been limited updates on the entire team, ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler reported that the initial fear is that Gary suffered a torn ACL that will likely end his 2022 season. NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport reported that it was confirmed that Gary tore his ACL.
Initial diagnoses for torn ACLs are usually accurate, so it’s likely that the team will be without arguably their biggest defensive star for the remainder of the 2022 season, and possibly the start of 2023. There have been few updates on other players, including Doubs, who was carted off with an ankle injury after his first and only reception of the game against Detroit.
Rashan Gary Has Proven Doubters Wrong Before
For those who are skeptical that Gary will be able to return at 100 percent after this injury, this isn’t the first time that the 24-year-old pass rusher has proven doubters wrong.
Gary had massive expectations to meet coming out of high school as a 5-star recruit and the No. 1 player in the 2016 recruiting class. With offers from virtually every top FBS program, Gary decided to take his talents to Ann Arbor to play for the Michigan Wolverines.
Despite all of those expectations, Gary’s production in college was limited, producing just 9.5 sacks in his three college seasons. When the Packers took Gary with the 12th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, fans and analysts were already calling the young pass rusher a bust and a reach of a draft pick.
Gary has proven those doubters from since arriving in Green Bay. Although it …read more