BREAKING: Green Bay LB Jake Ryan Reportedly Out for Season With Torn ACL

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It will be nothing short of a miracle if the Green Bay Packers are able to place a competent linebacking core on the field during the 2018-19 season. The injury bag has ravaged the Green Bay defense already, and things just got a lot worse.

According to a source, linebacker Jake Ryan will miss the entire season with a torn ACL, as anticipated before this latest round of testing.

This is a devastating blow to a Green Bay defense in desperate need of stability and high-level production from one of their best players. ​Ryan has started 27 games and totaled 137 tackles while serving as the quarterback of the defense.

Ryan’s best skill was his run-stopping ability, but his importance extends far beyond that. His ACL tear means the team will either turn to a washed up veteran in the free agent bin or an ​inexperienced and unproven player already on the roster. The names Vince Biegel, Reggie Gilbert and Kyler Fackrell don’t exactly inspire confidence in a defense that was one of the league’s worst last year.

The difficulties tied to Ryan’s absence are further exacerbated by the news that safety Kentrell Brice may be out for a long time with an injury suffered on Monday.

The Packers brought in Mike Pettine to turn around a defense that has been floundering under Dom Capers for years, but unless he can work magic, the hole created by Ryan’s absence may be too big to overcome.

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