On Thursday, linebacker Oren Burks left the preseason opener for the Packers due to an injury. After a few days of waiting for the results, it appears the Vanderbilt alum will miss time this season.
Burks got injured when he went to tackle Texans quarterback Joe Webb. His shoulder took most of the punishment from the collison.
Injuries hurt the Packers last season on the defensive side of the football, and that seems to be the case yet again this year.
According to ESPN reporter Rob Demovsky, the belief is that Burks suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the preseason opener.
The Packers will have Burks undergo more tests to determine how he’ll handle the injury.
It’s a significant blow to Green Bay’s defense, which expected Burks to start for Week 1 of the regular season. This injury could put more pressure on Blake Martinez to anchor the middle of the defense.
Packers LB Oren Burks is believed to have a torn pectoral muscle, according to a source. More tests are scheduled to determine the course of action, but given that Burks was penciled in as a starter in the base defense, it leaves a hole in the D.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 10, 2019
Green Bay took Burks with the 88th overall pick in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He finished his rookie season with 24 combined tackles.
Although the Packers spent money this offseason to bolster their defense, the majority of their cap space went to outside linebackers that rush the passer.
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will have to find a replacement for Burks as he is one of the team’s few inside linebackers.