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Packers rookie Kamal Martin has surgery on knee, to miss at least six weeks

The Green Bay Packers got some unsatisfactory news on the injury this week. Head coach Matt LaFleur alluded to some injuries on Monday during his press availability, noting that there were a few players who were banged up and whose statuses could affect the makeup of the 53-man roster.

Indeed, it appears that the team will be without a promising young player for at least the first several weeks of the 2020 regular season. That player is linebacker Kamal Martin, the Packers’ fifth-round draft pick in April.

According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Martin will be having knee surgery that will keep him out for an extended period of time. The injury is to Martin’s meniscus, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who notes that it is not expected to be season-ending. It would therefore appears that Martin may be a candidate to start the regular season on injured reserve.

He injured a knee last campaign while playing for the University of Minnesota, though it is unclear if the injuries are related.

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The Packers can maintain Martin’s eligibility to return this season from injured reserve if they keep him on the active roster through the 53-man roster deadline on Saturday and place him on IR afterwards. However, if they send him there before the cut-down deadline, he would be lost for the entire season.

Martin has fascinated heavily in training camp this summer and was reportedly taking snaps with the starting defense early in camp before the team cracked down on the detail that media members could report about the depth chart in practice.

This is just the latest injury at a position that keeps to be a problem for the Packers

Oren Burks missed a few days of practice late in camp and Curtis Bolton remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list in his attempt to return from a torn ACL he suffered last preseason.

That leaves the Packers with just presumed starter Christian Kirksey plus youngsters Ty Summers, Krys Barnes and potentially Tipa Galeai (who seems to be a better physical fit on the inside than on the edge) at the position.

Martin and Burks appeared to be the front-runners to start this season next to Kirksey, but if both of them are unavailable or unready to play, this could drive defensive coordinator Mike Pettine back to using a safety like Raven Greene at the second linebacker spot.

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Kicker Mason Crosby, Packers reach 3 year deal

The Green Bay Packers and kicker Mason Crosby have reached to a new three-year deal, per his agent Mike McCartney

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the contract is worth $12.9 million.

Crosby enjoyed a career-high 91.7 percent field-goal success rate (22-of-24) last year. He was a perfect 14-of-14 from 39 or fewer yards.

The 35-year-old out of the University of Colorado will be entering his 14th campaign in the NFL next year, all with Green Bay.

Crosby won Super Bowl XLV with the Packers in 2011, going 3-of-4 on field goals and hitting all 16 of his extra points in the postseason.

The signing does not come as a surprise considering that Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst told Mike Spofford of Packers.com that he wanted Crosby back.

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“I think when you have a guy who has been through the fire like Mason has, for a guy in my position it makes us feel very comfortable,” Gutekunst said. “He obviously had an excellent year last year. He’s a big part of our team, a big part of what we’re trying to do here. I’m very hopeful that will reach the right ending.”

A veteran of 10 NFL postseasons, Crosby has shined when the lights are brightest, hitting 26 of 29 playoff field goals and all 65 of his extra points.

He notably drilled field goals of 56 and 51 yards in the final 1:33 of a 2017 NFC Divisional Round Game in a road upset over the Dallas Cowboys.

He’s also been a reliable source of points for 14 years as he hasn’t missed a match since the Pack picked him in the sixth round of the 2007 draft.

Crosby and the Packers will look to build off a 13-3 NFC North-winning campaign that saw the team reach the NFC Championship Game.

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Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers

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Monday Night Football presents fans with a high-quality match as the Kansas City Chiefs visit Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers.

The match is on September 28, 2015 at 8:30 PM ET.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers are both in familiar positions after the first two weeks of the season. The Chiefs are hovering at .500 and still chasing the Denver Broncos in the AFC West. Meanwhile, the Packers are 2-0, looking like Super Bowl contenders and are a heavy favorite to capture their fifth straight division title. They’ll face off in a primetime battle at Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football to cap off the third week of the 2015 NFL season.

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The Chiefs nearly knocked off the Broncos last Thursday night, but a couple of late miscues led to a heartbreaking loss. Kansas City allowed two touchdowns in the final minute, letting a seven-point lead slip away. Once again, the Chiefs were forced to watch Denver escape Arrowhead with the win. Kansas City fell to 1-1 with the loss and now faces an uphill battle in trying to overtake the Broncos in the division race.

Green Bay is coming off an emotional win over the Seattle Seahawks, one that exorcised some demons and gave them a little shot of revenge for their epic collapse in the NFC Championship last January. The victory was impressive on many fronts.

The Chiefs and Packers don’t have a long history of playing each other — this will be just the 12th game in the series — but their first matchup is one of the most important games in NFL history. On Jan. 15, 1967, the Chiefs and Packers faced off in the first ever AFL-NFL World Championship Game — which is now more famously called the Super Bowl — at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. The Packers took a 14-10 lead into halftime and then broke the game open with three second-half touchdowns en route to a 35-10 win.

Nearly 50 years later these two franchises will rekindle their rivalry in the primetime spotlight on Monday night.

 

 

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