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Packers’ Kenny Clark returned to practice on Thursday

Kenny Clark, Packers

Fans of the Green Bay Packers were concerned to see Kenny Clark appear on the team’s injury report, but the team received some good news on Thursday. After sitting out the team’s first practice of the playoffs, Clark returned to practice on Thursday.

The Packers’ defensive tackle sat out of the team’s first playoff practice due to a back ailment. While it was uncertain when he sustained the injury, it doesn’t appear to be anything that sidelines him for Sunday’s contest versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Back in October, Clark dealt with a back issue, and his latest injury could be a product of the same problem. As the week progresses, the Packers will likely be cautious with Clark to prevent his back from flaring up once again.

For the first time in his four-year career, Clark was able to start in all 16 games in the regular season. In those 16 games, Clark combined for 62 tackles, six sacks, nine tackles for loss, seven quarterback hits, and a forced fumble. The 62 tackles and nine tackles for loss in 2019 were career-high marks for the former first-round pick.

Clark’s availability for Thursday’s practice provides some optimism for his status for Sunday’s pivotal playoff matchup. The Packers are undoubtedly going to need him against Russell Wilson and Seattle’s rushing attack.

The UCLA alumn is in the final year of his rookie contract, and Green Bay has shown interest in handing him an extension in 2020. Provided that Clark could earn himself a more lucrative contract by playing well in the postseason.