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Packers' DL Kenny Clark Reportedly Suffers High-Ankle Sprain

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Packers' DL Kenny Clark Reportedly Suffers High-Ankle Sprain

The Green Bay Packers run the risk of being without one of their top run defenders next Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defensive lineman Kenny Clark suffered what was initially thought to be a knee injury that caused him to be carted off the field in the fourth quarter. However, a diagnosis on Monday revealed that the second-year Clark suffered a high-ankle sprain.

Other than those details, the true severity is unknown. Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga dealt with a similar injury earlier this season and was forced to miss the first two games of the season, as well as the week 4 meeting against the Chicago Bears.

The report first surfaced via NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport, who said the X-Rays on Clark's ankle were negative. Rapoport later tweeted that it was indeed a high-ankle sprain for Clark, but he also noted it does not appear to be serious and should be back sometime during the final six weeks of the season.

Clark's injury occurred at the tail end of the 23-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday when Ravens center Ryan Jensen allegedly hit Clark when he was down on two knees -- repeatedly. At least in the eyes of Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

"No. 66, I don't even know his name, but he's trash," Clinton-Dix said of Jenson, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. "He's a bad player. He doesn't play fair. This is a game that we all love to play and love to enjoy, and you never want to see a guy get hurt when you're playing overaggressive and doing things that you shouldn't be doing. It's uncalled for."

Kenny Clark (97) was putting together a dominant second season as one of the Packers' top run defenders prior to his ankle injury. The diagnosis is a high-ankle sprain. (Appleton Post-Crescent/USA TODAY Sports)

This isn't the first time Clinton-Dix has spoken out in defense of his teammates.

After quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in the Oct. 15 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Clinton-Dix told reporters that Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr -- the one responsible for the injury -- knows better than to drive Rodgers into the ground the way he did. However, he did say he didn't think Barr's hit was intentional.

While he was understanding of Barr's position, Clinton-Dix didn't mince words when continuing about Jensen.

"I don't like him. He needs to tighten up on his play. Play ball. If you can't whup him regularly, don't cheap shot him. That's what that guy's been doing all year. I've been watching film of 66, and he's a dirty player. ... It's uncalled for."

Clark is the Packers' first-round pick from 2016 and was in the middle of a season that could be argued to be superior to even that of fellow defensive tackle MIke Daniels.

Clark has totaled 21 tackles through all 10 starts this season, already nearly doubling his season total from a season ago. While he has yet to record a sack, he leads all Packers' defensive linemen in snaps and has been one of the top run-stuffers in the league this season.

Since early November, the Packers' run defense ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game, according to NFL Network's Ben Fennell. They're also second in that same three-game span in yards per carry (2.33), and Clark has been a large part of that success.

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dobber's picture

Dodged a bullet here. Pretty sad when this might be the best takeaway from yesterday's game.

In edit: adding insult to injury...almost literally.

https://www.profootballrumors.com/2017/11/packers-aaron-jones-facing-cha...

Zachary Jacobson's picture

For what it's worth, Clark evidently feels pretty hopeful about the news on his ankle. https://twitter.com/KCBoutThatLife/status/932679734198235138?ref_src=tws...

HankScorpio's picture

High ankle sprains are typically a multi-week absence.

Christopher Gennaro's picture

At least and a man of his size, with the season going south hopefully they will wait until he's ready. Unless the medical staff will pressure him to play while injured, oh wait where have I hear that b.s before. So expect Clark to be cut and get clearance to play next week along the pats front 4.

rdent's picture

Yes, it took Davante Adams a long time to recover.

Somedumbname's picture

C'mon Aaron, don't drive after smoking. As far as marijuana goes, I think it should be allowed to manage pain. Marijuana is a lot better for you than the readily available and over prescribed painkillers allowed by the league.

Christopher Gennaro's picture

agreed the entire debate is only political and that sucks.

Point Packer's picture

Any one else got some bad Packer related news? Not enough lately.

Zachary Jacobson's picture

We don't like covering bad news just as much as you don't like reading about it, trust me.

Point Packer's picture

Oh I get. My weekly friend Packer update is about as sunny as an Ezra Pound poem.

Steve Cheez's picture

Dang, what other sports blogs can get you stuff like an Ezra Pound reference?

Point Packer's picture

I'm here to serve.

Handsback's picture

Yeah more injury news.....just what I wanted to hear.

Duke Divine's picture

Sit him. Don't risk further injury. Hang it up for 2017 KC! We don't need one of our brightest future stars having a life long ankle issue cause he came back during this crap show of a season

marpag1's picture

Of course he did. I'm just surprised that no Packers have died in flaming plane crashes. Yet.

rdent's picture

Shush, don' t say that!

Since '61's picture

Let Clark sit out for the season, there is no reason to risk him further even he can return for the final 2 -3 games of the season.

As for Aaron Jones, it hasn't taken him long to get on the road with Guion. Let's see how long he stays with the stupid trail.

Thanks, Since '61

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Aaron Jones should conclude the legal maneuvering ASAP, let the League hand down its punishment, serve it THIS year, and be done with it.

And don't do it again.

Andy Schraufnagel's picture

Good for Clark, they should shut him down till he is 100% healthy. No reason risking anything for this season. Only 2 more losses before the Pack are likely officially out and we see if Callahan can do anything. I think he could be a ok 2nd stringer.

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