Initial indications are that Christian Kirksey’s shoulder injury could keep him out of a few games, a source told ESPN. It’s not season-ending and surgery doesn’t appear necessary, but he’s going to miss some time. Best case is he’s out this week for… https://t.co/XMoSm905zG
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 28, 2020
The Green Bay Packers will likely be without linebacker Christian Kirksey for at least one game and maybe more.
According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Kirksey’s shoulder injury is likely to keep him out of next week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons and he’s not guaranteed to be ready coming out of the Packers’ Week 5 bye.
Kirksey left Sunday night’s win over the New Orleans Saints with an undisclosed shoulder issue. He played 17 snaps in the first half before departing.
The Packers played Ty Summers, Krys Barnes and Oren Burks at inside linebacker with Kirksey out of the game.
Through three games, Kirksey leads the Packers with 27 total tackles.
The Packers signed Kirksey to replace Blake Martinez at inside linebacker. A former member of the Cleveland Browns, Kirksey missed 23 games the last two seasons due to injuries.
His start in Green Bay has been disappointing. Among the NFL’s 84 qualified inside linebackers (20 percent of defense’s snaps), Kirkey ranks 77th in overall grade at Pro Football Focus after three weeks.
The Packers are already without rookie Kamal Martin, who started the season on IR with a knee injury. Rookie De’Jon Harris is available on the practice squad.