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Packers GM Brian Gutekunst is optimistic about severity of Oren Burks injury

It had been reported that Green Bay Packers linebacker Oren Burks had suffered a torn pectoral muscle, but general manager Brian Gutekunst is optimistic that it can be short-term injury. In a press conference on Tuesday morning, Gutekunst said the team is still working through an exact timeline for Burks:

“We’re still working through the exact timeline with Oren,” Gutekunst said Tuesday morning, via Packers Wire. “Hopefully this will be a short-term thing with Oren and we’ll get him back into the fold.”

Burks is expected to be the starting inside linebacker this year for the Packers, and losing him for any games in the regular season would be a big loss.

At this point, Gutekunst is hoping to not have to add any linebackers because he hopes it’s not a long-term injury, and he wants to see rookies Ty Summers and Curtis Bolton step up:

“I’m really hoping Oren’s thing is going to be really short term and we’ll get him back here quicker,” Gutekunst said. “Right now, I’d like to get through this next game, see where we’re at, see where Oren is at. There was some pretty good performances that last game. I want to see if they can take the next step with a little more on their plate.”

In the next couple of days, the Packers should have an exact timetable for Burks’ injury, but until then it will be the young guys who are going to get extra time to prove their worth to the team.