Packers’ Matt LaFleur speaks out on concerning status of Kenny Clark
The Green Bay Packers were able to have a first-round bye in the playoffs but that didn’t help them overcome all of their injuries. With only a few days until Green Bay’s playoff game versus the Seattle Seahawks, Matt LaFleur spoke about the concerning status of Kenny Clark.
Matt LaFleur says Kenny Clark was “really limited” in practice today because of his back.
“Hopefully he’ll be alright.”
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) January 9, 2020
Clark was forced to sit in the Packers’ first playoff practice due to a back injury. It is unknown when Clark suffered the injury, but he did deal with a back issue back in October. Therefore, this could be an issue that was caused by a previous injury flaring up.
During the regular season, Clark combined for 62 tackles, nine tackles for loss, six sacks, seven quarterback hits, and a forced fumble. Despite his back issue in October, Clark was able to start in all 16 games for the first time in his career.
While Clark isn’t a dominant pass rusher, he’s a pivotal piece to Green Bay’s run defense. However, the Packers boasted the 23d run defense in the NFL that allowed 120.1 yards per game.
Provided that, if Clark is unable to go on Sunday, Green Bay could be even worse versus the run. In addition, Montravius Adams would likely start the game in place of Clark.
Adams has only started in three games in his three seasons in the NFL. Over his first three seasons, Adams has totaled 33 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.
The Packers are optimistic that Clark will be available when they face the Seahawks on Sunday. There’s no doubt that Seattle will be paying close attention to whether or not Clark plays as the game nears.