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Mike Pettine is here to rebuild — both the Green Bay Packers defense and himself.

Two years after he was fired as Cleveland Browns head coach, the 51-year-old has returned to the game. He was introduced Wednesday as the new Packers defensive coordinator, a job he actually began two weeks ago.

Pettine had been out of coaching in any official capacity for two seasons, although he worked as a consultant for the Seattle Seahawks last year.

“I came out of it and I was just beat up physically, mentally,” Pettine said at his introductory news conference.

The same could be said of a Packers defense that’s been beset with injuries and performance breakdowns in recent years. It led to coach Mike McCarthy’s decision to fire Dom Capers after nine years as coordinator.

Like Capers, Pettine comes in as a former NFL head coach. For Pettine, however, it’s a matter of been there, done that; he is not in Green Bay as a stop on the way to another head coaching job.

“It’s not,” he said. “When I was the head coach, I didn’t enjoy the lack of interaction with the actual football part of it. I always made the comparison, it was going from being the teacher to now you’re the principal. The administrative part might be, as a coordinator, 90 percent football, 10 percent administrative stuff. That essentially flipped, and I didn’t like it.

“I missed the camaraderie of the room, the interaction with the staff, the interaction with the players. The chess-game part of it, the designing a game plan tailored to your opponent.”

So no designs on becoming a head coach again? “That’s the furthest thing from my mind,” said Pettine. “I’m here to coordinate an outstanding defense and win a Super Bowl.”


Pettine went 10-22 in his two seasons as Browns head coach. Before that, he spent one year as Doug Marrone’s defensive coordinator with the Bills — a defense that ranked 10th in the NFL. The four years before that, he was Rex Ryan’s coordinator with the Jets, where the defense never ranked lower than eighth.

“His attention to detail is outstanding,” said Marrone, now the Jaguars coach. “He’s very smart. He’s really good in front of the room. Really has the ability to communicate and really put players in great position. It doesn’t surprise me that he’s back in right now. It doesn’t surprise that he’s a defensive coordinator, and it won’t surprise me later on down the road if he’s a head coach again.”

Pettine took the podium Wednesday for his first meeting with the media with a stern, serious look on his face. Yes, he can bring a tough-guy attitude when necessary, but he also takes a modern, cerebral approach to the game.

“I’ve been told my natural resting gaze is not a pleasant one, but there’s not much I can do about that,” he said. “I blame my parents for that. … I’ve heard that. I think it’s important that the players see the certain way but they understand, too, the thinking that goes behind it. I always like to explain the why.”

Pettine’s task in Green Bay is to rebuild a defense that finished 22nd last season — the seventh straight year it finished outside the top 10. Breakdowns in communication proved just as problematic as injuries and missed tackles.

In an effort to streamline the process, McCarthy and Pettine put together a defensive staff with new positions like pass-game coordinator (former Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt) and run-game coordinator (former Giants and Patriots assistant Patrick Graham). Whitt also interviewed for Pettine’s job but instead settled for a new title.

Although McCarthy had no previous connection to Pettine other than sharing the same agent, Trace Armstrong, he said the two instantly connected. “It’s important in the game of football, particularly in coaching, you look for people that kind of view the game the way that you do,” McCarthy said. “His background in analytics, the ability to teach and being in tune with today’s athlete, there’s a number of things. I had five clear components and characteristics that I was looking for in the new defensive coordinator. And I’ll say this, Joe Whitt did an outstanding job in his interview. I thought Joe hit the target on the five components. I’m not going to get into specifics to that, but I thought Mike really knocked it out of the park. I knew early in the process that he was the right man for the job.”

Pettine’s scheme has been called complicated by some, and that wouldn’t seem to bode well for a defense that had trouble getting on the same page under Capers. But the new coordinator insisted that’s not the case.

“We like to appear multiple without necessarily putting that much stuff in,” Pettine said. “So, it’s not a system that is overwhelming to learn. The league has changed. When I first got in the league, it was easy to put in 50 or 60 defenses up for a game. Now, you’re 20-25. Why? Because a lot of time you’re dealing with young players that haven’t been veteran guys in a system that know it, and also you’re dealing with the new CBA where you have limited time to get with them, especially in the offseason, for them to learn that foundation. I think as a coach you have to adjust. But no, you look at us, you’re going to see we’re going to be multiple and we’re going to be aggressive.”

ESPN’s Michael DiRocco contributed to this report.

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Of the 16 players who had per-game roster bonuses for the Green Bay Packers this past season, only two of them — tight end Lance Kendricks and kicker Mason Crosby — collected the full amount.

The other 14 combined to miss a total of 57 games, therefore losing more than $2 million in bonus money this season.

The biggest loser was right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who missed out on $412,500 in weekly roster bonuses. His contract calls for a bonus of $37,500 for each game he’s on the 46-man active roster. Bulaga tore his ACL and played in only five games, thus collecting just $187,500 of a potential $600,000.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed out on $337,500 because he missed nine games because of his broken collarbone. The Packers saved the same amount with tight end Martellus Bennett, who appeared in only seven games for the Packers, although he did collect two more weeks of $37,500 bonuses from the Patriots, who got two games out of him after they claimed him off waivers.

Kendricks earned all $300,000 of his weekly roster bonus money because he was active all 16 regular-season games, and Crosby earned all $150,000 of his.

In all, the Packers paid out $5,981,250 of a possible $8 million in weekly roster bonuses — or 74.8 percent of the possible 2017 total. The unpaid $2,018,750 will be credited to the team’s 2018 salary cap.

In 2016, the Packers paid out 83.4 percent of their possible weekly roster-bonus money — another indication they were more injured this season, when they went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

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Ted Thompson’s last acts as Green Bay Packers general manager — if he was actually still acting as GM and not just as a figure head — were to sign Davante Adams and Corey Linsley to contract extensions on the final weekend of the 2017 regular season.

It leaves new GM Brian Gutekunst without a must-sign player on his list of upcoming free agents.

Adams would have been one of the top receivers had he hit the open market. Instead, the Packers were able to retain him on a five-year, $58.9 million contract that made him the fourth-highest-paid receiver in the league.

In Linsley, the Packers made sure they retained their starting center — and the only player on the team who played in every snap on his side of the ball last season. He signed a three-year, $25.5 million extension.

Here’s a look at the rest of the Packers’ players who are headed for free agency when the new league year opens on March 14:


Unrestricted (Players with four or more accrued seasons)

  • Richard Rodgers: Tight end is a major need with or without Rodgers, who never quite took off after his Hail Mary catch against the Lions in 2015. That remains the only 100-yard receiving game of his career. He slipped behind Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks to start the season and even when Bennett was released, Rodgers’ productivity barely spiked. He had only two games this past season with more than one catch and missed the finale with a shoulder injury. The market could be light for the former third-round pick, so perhaps the Packers could get him back cheap for some depth. His salary last season was $1,797,000.
  • Jahri Evans: The 12th-year veteran was perhaps the surprise of last year’s free-agent class for the Packers. He played the first 912 snaps of the season before a knee injury kept him out of the final two games. Evans said late in the season that he wasn’t sure if he would play a 13th season. He will turn 35 in August. The Packers could slide Justin McCray or Lucas Patrick into the right guard spot if Evans isn’t back. He signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the Packers last offseason.
  • Jeff Janis: His chance to contribute as a receiver is probably gone; he played just 50 snaps on offense last season and didn’t catch a pass until the second-to-last game of the year. But he’s become a valuable special-teams player.

Restricted (Players with three accrued seasons but not four; can be tendered by March 14 for the Packers to retain the right to match any offer from another team):

  • Ulrick John: The tackle was signed off Arizona’s practice squad on Sept. 26 after injuries to backups Jason Spriggs and Kyle Murphy and played just 40 snaps.

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  • Morgan Burnett: The veteran safety was No. 3 on the priority list behind Adams and Linsley, but he was a distant third. Yes, he’s versatile — having played everywhere from safety to slot cornerback to inside linebacker. But he’s also never been one to make a ton of splash plays. He has nine career interceptions in eight NFL seasons. He just turned 29 and hasn’t played a full season since 2012. He missed four games this past season because of two separate injuries (hamstring and groin). The Packers also have potential replacements in Josh Jones and Kentrell Brice. Burnett is at the end of a four-year, $24.75 million deal. There will be a market for Burnett, but it may not be at that same price. Given that new coordinator Mike Pettine’s defense can be complicated, Burnett might have more value to the Packers than to another team.
  • Ahmad Brooks: Essentially signed as a replacement for Julius Peppers, who left months earlier in free agency, but the former 49ers linebacker didn’t come close to replicating what Peppers did during his three years with the Packers and certainly couldn’t match the production Peppers had back in Carolina. For the same money — $3.5 million — the Packers got 1.5 sacks from Brooks and the Panthers got 11.0 from Peppers.
  • Quinton Dial: Like Brooks, Dial was a last-minute pickup right before the regular season started. He gave the Packers quality snaps along the defensive line to complement Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels and Dean Lowry. At just $775,001, he was a value signing who probably earned a little bit more in his next contract.
  • Davon House: After two seasons with the Jaguars, House returned to the Packers on a one-year, $2.8 million deal and played with the kind of toughness the Packers expected. He also served as a mentor to top draft pick Kevin King. A similar type of deal would make it worthwhile to bring him back. Like Burnett, House could be valuable in a scheme that favors veterans because of its complexity.
  • Demetri Goodson: Although he made it back to the active roster more than a year after a serious knee injury, he did not play a single snap in 2017, so it’s unknown what the fourth-year cornerback can do. He would be a minimum-salary-type signing.


  • Joe Thomas: A year after he led the inside linebackers in snaps, he fell behind Blake Martinez and Jake Ryan on the depth chart. Injuries and the increased use of the “nitro” defensive package with a safety at inside linebacker also played a role.

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  • Brett Goode: The veteran long-snapper played in 10 games during two separate stints on the roster last season. His snaps have been on point for 10 seasons, but the Packers have seemed intent on trying to replace him in recent years, even though he’s on a minimum salary. The Packers signed another snapper, Zach Triner, to a futures deal and also could bring back Taybor Pepper, who finished the season on IR.


  • Jake Schum: The punter in 2016 spent all of 2017 on injured reserve because of a back injury and probably won’t get a shot at the job after the solid year rookie Justin Vogel had.

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Mike McCarthy’s staff appears to be taking shape, and it’s a bit of a different shape in terms of job responsibilities.

The Green Bay Packers coach has all three coordinators in place, and a fourth assistant with a new title.

Here’s a look at McCarthy’s staff as it stands now. Most of the new positions have not been announced by the Packers but have been confirmed to


Joe Philbin: The former Dolphins coach returns to the offensive-coordinator position he held before he got his first head-coaching job. Although Philbin did not call plays then and won’t this time around, either, the Packers offense never finished outside the top 10 when he held that job from 2007-11.

Frank Cignetti: The new quarterbacks coach replaces Alex Van Pelt, whose contract expired and was not renewed. His hiring was first reported by WTMJ-TV on Wednesday. Cignetti spent the past two seasons as the Giants quarterbacks coach under Ben McAdoo, a former Packers assistant coach. McAdoo was believed to be a candidate to rejoin McCarthy’s staff, but nothing is in the works.

Jim Hostler: Like Philbin, he comes from the Colts and will coach receivers. He and McCarthy worked together in San Francisco in 2005, when McCarthy was the offensive coordinator and Hostler the quarterbacks coach. He replaces Luke Getsy, who left to become the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State.

James Campen: The veteran offensive-line coach is expected to return for his 15th season on the Packers’ staff, making him their longest-tenured assistant coach. He essentially serves as the run-game coordinator.

Jeff Blasko: Campen’s assistant is expected to return for his third season on the staff.

Ben Sirmans: The running-backs coach will return for his third season.

Brian Angelichio: The tight-ends coach will return for his third season.

David Raih: Promoted to offensive-perimeter coach last season, he spent most of his time with the quarterbacks. With a new coordinator and QB coach, his role is yet to be determined.

Up in the air: Edgar Bennett, who served as offensive coordinator for the past three seasons, is not expected to return, although he’s still listed on the team’s website as a member of the coaching staff.


Mike Pettine: The former Browns coach was hired as defensive coordinator Tuesday. In his five years running defenses for the Jets and Bills, his units have never finished outside the top 10.

Joe Whitt: One of the three internal candidates for defensive coordinator, the longtime cornerbacks coach will return but with the title of passing-game coordinator, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Up in the air: The rest of the defensive staff will be put together by Pettine and McCarthy, who let go of defensive-line coach Mike Trgovac and assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley when he fired Dom Capers as coordinator. Linebackers coach Winston Moss and safeties coach Darren Perry were the other two internal candidates to interview for the defensive-coordinator job. Moss is far from a lock to be retained, and Perry’s status is still being worked out. Assistant defensive-line coach Jerry Montgomery also left to become the defensive-line coach at Texas A&M.

Special teams

Ron Zook: McCarthy said after the season that Zook would return for a fourth season as coordinator.

Jason Simmons: Zook’s assistant also is expected to return.

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At this point, it might be easier to list who’s still on the Green Bay Packers coaching staff rather than who isn’t.

After major changes on both sides of the ball, here’s how things look now under coach Mike McCarthy, who is under contract through the 2019 season after he signed a one-year extension late last year:


Coordinator: Position open.

Edgar Bennett was removed on Wednesday. It’s possible Bennett could return in a lesser capacity, but his three-year run as a non-playcalling coordinator is over. Top candidates include former Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, former Giants coach Ben McAdoo and current offensive line coach James Campen.

Quarterbacks: Open.

Alex Van Pelt’s contract expired after this season, and he was not retained. Van Pelt spoke late in the season about his desire to once again serve as an offensive coordinator, which he did for the Bills in 2009. Van Pelt and Aaron Rodgers worked well together, but fill-in quarterback Brett Hundley was not consistent enough after Rodgers broke his collarbone. Offensive perimeter coach David Raih worked closely with the quarterbacks this season, but Rodgers might rather have someone with NFL playing experience like Van Pelt did.

Receivers: Open

Luke Getsy, known as the coach who introduced juggling and other tricks to the receivers in his two seasons on the job, left to become the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State. If Bennett stays on staff, he could go back to coaching receivers like he did from 2011-14.

Offensive line: Position filled

Campen is a top-five offensive line coach in the NFL. He also is essentially the run-game coordinator. He developed middle-round draft picks like David Bakhtiari and Corey Linsley into players at the top of their position, and is extremely popular among his players. He’s the Packers’ longest-tenured assistant coach, dating to 2004, but this job could open if Campen becomes coordinator either in Green Bay or elsewhere.

Assistant offensive line: Filled

Jeff Blasko, considered a rising star, finished his first season as Campen’s assistant.

Running backs: Filled

Ben Sirmans completed his second season with the Packers, and helped develop rookies Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones into the top two backs on the roster. Sirmans’ teaching background served him well, and he’s well-liked among players and staff.

Tight ends: Filled

Brian Angelichio has held this job for two seasons after coaching tight ends in Tampa Bay and Cleveland. Whoever becomes the new general manager needs to address the talent level here this offseason after the Martellus Bennett signing failed.

Offensive perimeter: Filled

McCarthy created this position for Raih last offseason but never really defined his role. He appeared to spend more time with the quarterbacks than the receivers.


Coordinator: Open

Dom Capers survived Colin Kaepernick running for 181 yards against his defense in 2012, the NFC title game meltdown in 2014, Larry Fitzgerald carving it up in overtime in the 2015 playoff loss and a No. 31 ranking in passing defense in 2016. But his nine-year run came to an end this week, when McCarthy fired him. Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt and safeties coach Darren Perry likely are the top two internal candidates, but expect McCarthy to interview Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and other experienced coordinators.

Defensive line: Open

Despite developing Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark into bona fide three-down players, Mike Trgovac was out after nine seasons. Some thought he could be a candidate for defensive coordinator, a job he held with the Panthers from 2003-08. Assistant D-line coach Jerry Montgomery could be in line to replace Trgovac.

Inside linebackers: Open

This was one of the more surprising moves given that under Scott McCurley, second-year linebacker Blake Martinez led the league in tackles. McCurley had only two other players at his position group – Jake Ryan and Joe Thomas. McCurley had been with the Packers since 2007.

Outside linebackers: Filled (for now)

This job, held by associate head coach/defense Winston Moss, also could open soon. Indications are the Packers might move on from Moss even if he doesn’t get another job. He reportedly is on the Lions’ list of head-coaching candidates. Moss has been with the Packers since 2006, McCarthy’s first season as coach.

Safeties: Filled

Perry has deep ties to Capers; he played for the Steelers and Capers was his defensive coordinator. He came to Green Bay with Capers in 2009. He’s one of the internal candidates to replace Capers. Unlike Moss, there’s a good chance Perry remains with the team no matter what.

Cornerbacks: Filled

The young and energetic Whitt might be just what the Packers need in a coordinator. He’s tough on players, but they respect him. Whitt joined the Packers in 2008, one year before Capers arrived. He’s viewed as the leading internal candidate to replace his former boss.

Defensive front assistant: Filled

Jerry Montgomery was a highly successful college coach and recruiter before he took his first NFL job in 2015 with the Packers. He’s the likely replacement for Trgovac.


Coordinator: Filled

Ron Zook, the former college head coach at Florida and Illinois, completed his third season in charge of the Packers’ special teams. He replaced Shawn Slocum, who was fired after the 2014 season (a year in which Zook served as his assistant).

Assistant: Filled

Jason Simmons has been with the Packers since 2011 and in this spot since 2015. Zook relies heavily on Simmons.

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Here’s how one NFL agent described the Green Bay Packers’ general manager position:

“It’s the best job in the NFL,” he said. “Two reasons: No owner and Aaron Rodgers.”

Actually, there are 361,060 owners, and every last one of them is powerless.

The shareholders have zero say in anything that happens at 1265 Lombardi Avenue, and the de facto owner — team president Mark Murphy since 2008 — draws a salary just like any other team employee. It’s not Murphy’s own money on the line, which inherently means less meddling and more patience from the top. In other words, ideal working conditions.

Then there’s the quarterback. Rodgers turned 34 years old last month but was off to one of the best starts of his two-time NFL MVP career before he broke his collarbone in Week 6 of the 2017 season. Yes, Rodgers has had two major injuries — both times to his collarbone — in the last five seasons, but neither would suggest he’s injury prone.

The next general manager will have the unenviable task of finding a third franchise quarterback to follow Brett Favre and Rodgers. The last two full-time GMs (not counting coach/GM Mike Sherman) built their legacies because they nailed the quarterback spot. Ron Wolf wouldn’t be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame had he not pulled off the trade that brought Favre to Green Bay in 1992, and Ted Thompson wouldn’t have lasted 13 years had he not taken Rodgers with the first pick of his first draft in 2005.

Sure, Rodgers essentially fell into Thompson’s lap, but he learned under Wolf the value of a franchise quarterback. It was Wolf who asked Thompson to study film on Favre during Thompson’s first month on the job as a Packers scout. Wolf already had made up his mind about trading for Favre, but he wanted to see Thompson’s reaction.

Now that Thompson is out as general manager, it’s his successor’s job to continue the tradition of top-level quarterback play. The next GM will have the luxury of having perhaps a handful of drafts to find a quarterback and would be wise not to wait until Rodgers is at or near the end of his career.

The new GM also has a proven coach in Mike McCarthy who is easy to work with, which is key in a situation where a head coach is inherited and not hired. McCarthy showed he wouldn’t stand pat after the Packers’ streak of eight straight playoff appearances ended this season. He fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers plus at least two other assistant coaches Monday, and more changes could be in the works before the week is over.

All of that means Murphy should have his pick of the plum candidates. There are almost too many candidates, if that’s such a thing. There are at least three top-line personnel evaluators already in the building: Eliot Wolf, Brian Gutekunst and Alonzo Highsmith. Yet Murphy respects Russ Ball, who worked closely with Thompson as his contract negotiator, but Ball doesn’t have a scouting background and hiring him could risk alienating — and perhaps eventually losing — the other three.

Current GMs John Schneider (Seattle Seahawks), Reggie McKenzie (Oakland Raiders) and John Dorsey (Cleveland Browns) know exactly why the Packers job is one of the best in the league, and if any of them could get out of their current positions, they might jump at the chance. But because they’re all under contract, their current owners would have to let them out or accept players/draft picks as a trade. Dorsey just got hired in Cleveland last month, so that would likely eliminate him. But perhaps Schneider or McKenzie would push for the job.

“It’s a top-three job in the league,” another NFL source said. “You look for stability. That’s what you have in Green Bay.”

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Another Packers player is up for the NFL clutch performer of the week following yet another overtime triumph on Sunday.

One week after rookie running back Aaron Jones  captured the award for his walk-off touchdown run against Tampa Bay, receiver Davante Adams has been nominated after his 25-yard game-winning touchdown catch in Sunday’s 27-21 comeback victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Adams led the Packers with 10 catches for 84 yards and scored two touchdowns in the final 5 minutes, 12 seconds of the contest. The fourth-year receiver is tied for second in the NFL with nine touchdown receptions and is only 172 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard season.Vote Adams for clutch performer of the week here. Other nominees include Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Jacksonville cornerback A.J. Bouye.

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Aaron Jones promised that he won’t get himself into legal trouble again and insisted that he will play again this season.

In his first public comments since the news broke Monday of his arrest last month, the Green Bay Packers rookie running back offered a statement on the matter and requested that questions be limited to football matters.

Jones was charged with operating a vehicle with a controlled substance (marijuana) in his system, speeding (24 mph over the posted speed limit of 55) and operating a vehicle without a valid license stemming from an Oct. 1 traffic stop.

I owe an apology to my family, teammates, coaches, the fans and the Packers organization,” Jones said. “I made a mistake, and I take full responsibility for it. And it won’t happen again. I can’t speak on it because it’s an ongoing legal matter. Do you have any football questions?”

Jones did not play in Sunday’s 23-0 loss to the Ravens because of the left knee injury he suffered the previous week against the Bears. Jones has a sprained MCL and is expected to miss three to six weeks, a timeline that would get close to the end of the season if it’s on the long end, but he said he was convinced he would return this year.

“Definitely,” he said when asked if he would play again this season.

Jones said he has experience with this same injury but to his right knee during his sophomore season at UTEP and returned without missing significant time. The fifth-round pick is the Packers’ leading rusher with 370 yards on 70 carries with three touchdowns.

Without Jones and Ty Montgomery (ribs), the Packers turned to fourth-round pick Jamaal Williams and seventh-rounder Devante Mays against the Ravens. Williams followed a 20-carry, 67-yard game against the Bears after Jones and Montgomery went down with 18 carries for 57 yards against Baltimore.

Mays played for the first time from scrimmage, and it was disastrous. He fumbled on his first two carries and finished with just three carries for minus-1 yard. Mays refused to talk after Sunday’s loss and did not talk to reporters on Monday, either.

“I just told him, ‘Keep his head up, it’s not the start you wanted,” Jones said. “But hey, people have bad starts. … [Chiefs rookie] Kareem Hunt fumbled on his first carry and look what he’s doing. Just keep your head up, don’t get down and don’t listen to what anybody else has to say. You know your ability. I know your ability and you’re a better player than that.’”

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The Green Bay Packers lost Clay Matthews early and Kenny Clark late in Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and the latter injury, which appeared to be serious, did not sit well with members of the defense.

Clark, the Packers’ first-round pick in 2016, had to be carted off the field with an ankle injury that occurred while he was engaged with Ravens center Ryan Jensen.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said Clark was down on two knees and Jensen hit him repeatedly. The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of the Packers’ 23-0 loss at Lambeau Field.

“No. 66, I don’t even know his name, but he’s trash,” Clinton-Dix said of Jensen. “He’s a bad player. He doesn’t play fair. This is a game that we all love to play and love to enjoy, and you never want to see a guy get hurt when you’re playing overaggressive and doing things that you shouldn’t be doing. It’s uncalled for.

“[No.] 66, I don’t like him. He needs to tighten up on his play. Play ball. If you can’t whup him regularly, don’t cheap shot him. That’s what that guy’s been doing all year. I’ve been watching film of 66, and he’s a dirty player. I would love to have him on my team if he was like that, but at the end of the day, you can’t play like that and want to be a great in this league. It’s uncalled for.”

Clark was not available for comment after the game, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy had no update on his injured players.

“It was a play that a lot of us Packer players didn’t really like too much,” cornerback Davon House said.

Matthews sustained a groin injury in the first quarter, shortly after he ended the second-longest sack drought of his career. He dumped Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to force a punt on Baltimore’s first possession.

Matthews played the next series and then was examined on the sideline by the Packers’ medical staff. He returned for one more snap but limped off. He was then taken to the locker room early in the second quarter, then ruled out for the rest of the game.

Matthews had 2 1/2 sacks after four games, but then went the next five games without a sack until Sunday.

“It’s huge, man, especially the way Kenny got hurt,” House said of losing Clark and Matthews. “Guy’s a young guy, and for him to get hurt the way he got hurt sucks. Hopefully he’s all right, hopefully Clay’s all right too. They’re our big dogs. You need them. They do a great job rushing the [passer], collapsing the pocket for us. Makes our job a lot easier on the back end when they’re playing healthy and they’re doing what they’re doing.”

The Packers’ defense was already playing without two starters: cornerback Kevin King (shoulder) and safety Morgan Burnett (groin).