Packers say Love could be sidelined this week


GREEN BAY, Wis. — Saturday’s preseason opener was presupposed to be just the start of three weeks crammed with an abundance of recreation snaps for Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love, whereas Aaron Rodgers watched from the sideline.

There won’t be as lots of these preseason snaps for Love now.

Whereas an MRI on Love’s proper shoulder got here again clear, a supply informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Packers coach Matt LaFleur mentioned Sunday that Love’s standing for follow this week and for preseason recreation No. 2 in opposition to the New York Jets on Saturday is unsure.

“I believe he is doing high quality,” LaFleur mentioned. “It is one thing, although, that’s important sufficient the place he may miss a pair days of follow. We’ll see the place he is at on the finish of the week, however we’ll form of take it each day.”

The Jets might be on the town for joint practices on Wednesday and Thursday. When requested whether or not Love may additionally miss the sport in opposition to the Jets, LaFleur mentioned, “Doubtlessly, yeah.”

Love mentioned he felt a pressure round his proper arm and shoulder after a sack-fumble late within the second quarter of the Packers’ preseason opener on Saturday, a 26-7 loss to the Houston Texans at Lambeau Area. He performed another collection to shut the primary half, however each play was a run.

The second-year Packers quarterback was scheduled to play into the third quarter, however LaFleur and the medical workers ended Love’s evening at halftime.

Saturday’s recreation in opposition to the Texans marked Love’s first NFL preseason recreation; the 2020 preseason was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He final performed in a recreation of any sort on the Senior Bowl on Jan. 25, 2020 — three months earlier than the Packers picked him within the first spherical as a doable eventual substitute for Rodgers. Love led one scoring drive however managed just one first down in his different six collection. In all, he went 12-of-17 for 122 yards, one landing and one misplaced fumble for a 110.4 ranking.

Love benefited from Rodgers’ absence all through the offseason program, however nothing can replicate precise recreation reps. It is why common supervisor Brian Gutekunst mentioned this offseason that “it is crucial for Jordan to get as many dwell reps.” Love took 28 snaps in opposition to the Texans, and if he misses the Jets recreation, it will go away the Aug. 28 preseason finale at Buffalo as the one different probability for Like to play earlier than the opener.

“He acquired good work in that first half — we had been in a position to throw the ball rather a lot as a result of they got here up and challenged us with quite a lot of man protection,” quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy mentioned Sunday.

Provided that the Packers should not planning to play Rodgers in any preseason video games this summer season and that they’ve solely three quarterbacks on the roster (Kurt Benkert performed the second half in opposition to the Texans), they could need to signal one other quarterback or two this week.

At one level this offseason, they’d 5 quarterbacks on the roster however launched Blake Bortles and Jake Dolegala earlier than coaching camp. Each can be found (Dolegala was signed after which launched by the New England Patriots early in camp).

LaFleur would not say whether or not Bortles or Dolegala can be atop their emergency listing however mentioned he and Gutekunst have already mentioned choices.

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