The return of Josh Myers to the Green Bay Packers offensive line was short-lived.
The rookie center injured his knee and had to miss the game in the first drive of Sunday’s match against the Chicago Bears. After starting the first four games at the center, Cincinnati did not lose to Myers against Bengal last week due to a finger injury.
Myers, a second-round pick, was caught in a body mix in a run game. He was examined in the blue medical tent next door and eventually moved to the locker room. Packers says his return from a knee injury is doubtful.
Veteran Lucas Patrick, who started for Myers last week, took charge at the center.
The rest of the offensive line arm will remain full. The Packers ’opening drive ends when Edge Rasha’s Khalil Mac stunts inside and dismisses Aaron Rogers in the third down, just two plays to get Myers out.
The Bears use a lot of stunts in front of the defense. Patrick and the rest of the offensive line must communicate and work together to keep Mack and the other Bears away from the Rogers, who have struggled under pressure this season.
According to the PFF, after four games, Myers has an overall grade of 61.6. He played 257 snaps, the 30th best mark in the center, scored zero penalties and allowed zero sacks.
The former first-team All-Big Ten outside of Ohio State Buccaneers is not fighting to adapt to the NFL, which is a rare occurrence. The Packers will miss the Mayers’ lead and style of play, especially in a complex game against Mac and Bears at Chicago’s Soldier Field, IL.
The Packers no doubt have their fingers crossed and hope the knee injury is less serious than they thought and the Mayers will only be on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
Myers’ replacement, Patrick, has six years of experience. He was an undisclosed free agent before signing a contract with the Packers in 2016.
Patrick has played 121 films this season. According to the PFF, his overall grade is 60.6. Unlike Myers, Patrick already had a penalty. However, like Myers, he has not yet allowed any sacks.
Undoubtedly, Patrick is a solid and worthy replacement. Still, it’s undeniable that Myers is a good player, and the Packers will miss him as long as he’s on the side.