Packers’ Burks won’t require surgery, will return

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Green Bay Packers’ linebacker Oren Burks will not need season-ending surgery on his injured pectoral muscle. He is expected to play in 2019.

Burks suffered the injury in the first half of the Packers preseason opener against the Houston Texans. Initial reaction was the second-year starter would need surgery.

This is great news for not just Burks but the Packers defense, due to the lack of depth at inside linebacker. Backup Curtis Bolton also suffered an injury this preseason. Fellow rookie Ty Summers has looked good in preseason but is inexperienced.

Burks may even avoid being placed on injured reserve as well. If so, Burks would be able to return during the first half of the season. There is a lot of optimism for the tandem of Burks and Blake Martinez in Mike Pettine’s system.

Report: Oren Burks has torn pectoral muscle

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Green Bay Packers’ linebacker Oren Burks may have a torn pectoral muscle. Burks suffered the injury during Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Houston Texans

The injury occurred when Burks was attempting to tackle Texans’ quarterback Joe Webb in the first quarter.

Burks was a third-round draft pick for the Packers last season. He was in position to start alongside Blake Martinez in defensive coordinator’s Mike Pettine’s base defense. There is no timeline on how long Burks will be out, but a torn muscle could certainly keep him out for all of 2019.

Green Bay doesn’t have a whole lot of depth at the inside linebacker position. Rookies Ty Summers and Curtis Bolton played well in the preseason opener but there’s no guarantee they can fill in to the level Burks could’ve during the regular season. Safeties Raven Greene and Josh Jones have also seen time at inside linebacker during certain packages.

GM Brian Gutekunst had to make a trade for veteran linebacker, Antonio Morrison last season after Burks went down with an injury. Guteknust may have to make another move this year if Burks is to miss significant time.

First year head coach Matt LaFleur did not say if Burks will miss significant time when he spoke to the media after Saturday’s practice.

“Honestly, I don’t really know anything right now,” LaFleur said. “It’s kind of wait and see, but I hope not.”