Green Bay Packers safety Darnell Savage could end up on the injured reserve list due to a calf injury he suffered during his team’s Week 7 loss to the Denver Broncos, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.
Savage left in the first half of Sunday’s defeat. The calf had already been a bit balky, but Savage further injured it against the Broncos and may now miss considerable time as a result.
The 26-year-old will miss multiple weeks, and if he does, in fact, hit the injured reserve list, he will be sidelined for a minimum of four games.
Savage, who played his collegiate football at the University of Maryland, was selected by the Packers with the 21st overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Salisbury, Md. native enjoyed a solid rookie campaign, registering 55 tackles, two interceptions, a couple of forced fumbles and five passes defended in 14 games. He then showed some improvement in 2020, racking up 75 tackles, a sack, four picks, a fumble recovery and 19 passes defended over 15 contests.
Since then, Darnell Savage has been a steady contributor in Green Bay’s secondary, missing a grand total of four games over his first four seasons in the league.
This will mark the first time in Savage’s NFL career that he has ever dealt with a serious injury, and it comes at an incredibly inopportune time for a struggling Packers club that is currently dealing with injuries up and down the roster.
Green Bay has now lost three straight games after its 2-1 start and is seeing its playoff hopes fade rather quickly. The Packers sit two-and-a-half games behind the Detroit Lions for first place in the NFC North and are in third place in the division overall.
Matt LaFleur’s club will aim to get back on track when it hosts the Minnesota Vikings in a pivotal matchup next weekend.