The Green Bay Packers have lost another big lineman to injury, and this time the team may need to hit the market to find help on the offensive side of the ball.
The team lost first-year pro Aaron Adams to a knee injury after the young player tore both his ACL and MCL. He was placed on injured reserve as the team made its final cuts to reach the 53-man roster.
Though Adams was only on the practice squad last year, he was projecting to be the team’s fourth offensive lineman, hurting an already injury struck squad. Starting center JC Tretter will miss at least the first month of the season after suffering a knee injury last week. The Green Bay Packers now have just two healthy backup linemen, Derek Sherrod and Lane Taylor.
It’s likely that the Green Bay Packers will now look for help on the offensive line front, and after Saturday’s cuts there are a number of veteran players available, should they choose to go that route.
The Packers have been hurting on both sides of the ball this preseason. Last week their giant run-stopping defensive lineman B.J. Raji tore his right bicep, an injury that team doctors deemed season-ending.
The loss was especially difficult given the team’s inexperience on the defensive line. Raji was counted on not only to plug the middle of the line and make it difficult for other teams to run, but also to provide some veteran leadership to the Packers’ more inexperienced players.
Raji had just signed a one-year contract in March, and had been an iron man for the Green Bay Packers before the injury. He was able to avoid major injuries and played in 76 out of the team’s 80 regular season games, including 62 starts in the past four seasons.
The Green Bay Packers have already lost a handful of players to season-ending injuries, including receiver Jared Abbrederis, offensive lineman Don Barclay, and tight end Colt Lyerla — all backups.