The Green Bay Packers will be making their push for the playoffs without rookie cornerback Kevin King.
On Wednesday the Packers announced that they placed King on injured reserve, and activated cornerback Demetri Goodson off of the reserve/physically unable to perform list. King injured his shoulder Week 10 against the Chicago Bears has only been able to take the field in one game since, Week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Packers selected King in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft to help an area that they struggled in as a team throughout the 2016 season, pass defense. They had the second-worst unit in the league.
King measured 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and ran a 4.43 40-yard-dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. They were hoping that he could make an immediate impact, but he has only started in five games during his rookie season. However, the Packers’ pass defense has slightly improved this year.
The unit is currently ranked 26th in the NFL.
At 6-6, the Packers are still alive in the NFC playoff picture. They are two games behind the Carolina Panthers who hold the final NFC wild-card spot. They are also behind the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions.
The Packers are hoping that they can get another win against the Cleveland Browns, and then quarterback Aaron Rodgers could return to game action after suffering a broken collarbone in his throwing shoulder Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings.
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