The 2022 season has been full of disappointment for the Green Bay Packers, who are 3-6 heading into their Week 10 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. They have been a mess on both sides of the ball and there is seemingly no light at the end of the tunnel, especially with the number of injuries that are mounting.
There were 16 players listed on the team’s injury report that was shared on Thursday. That doesn’t even include the four players that are on IR, which includes wide receiver Randall Cobb and star pass rusher Rashan Gary, who tore his ACL in the game against the Detroit Lions and will miss the remainder of the season.
The Lions’ game was a brutal one for the Packers as they saw multiple players get hurt. In addition to Gary, the team also lost starting cornerback Eric Stokes. Stokes injured his ankle and knee in the game and was quickly ruled out. He has yet to practice this week and there is fear that he, too, will not be returning to the field this season.
Via Ryan Wood of PackersNews.com, head coach Matt LaFleur revealed that it is looking unlikely that Stokes will return this season. Nothing has been made official yet, but things are unfortunately trending in that direction.
Stokes was a first-round pick of the Packers in 2021 out of Georgia. He started 14 games as a rookie, appearing in 16, as the team looked like they had finally addressed their need at cornerback across from Jaire Alexander.
Stokes started every game for the team this season, rarely coming off the field. He played every defensive snap through Week 6 and at least 91 percent in every game before being injured against the Lions.
Without him in the lineup, the Packers’ pass defense is going to have a huge void to fill. Their pass rush is already suffering without Gary, so to lose one of their top cornerbacks will make it an even taller task to slow down opponents through the air.