Tuesday, December 13, 2005
The Packers wounded group of linebackers took another loss when LB Brady Poppinga tore his ACL. The game vs. Detroit was Poppinga's first start of the season. The Packers said he could return in eight months, which would put it right at the beginning of next season's training camp. Poppinga has played well in his rookie season and his best ability is his solid tackling. He doesn't seem to have great speed, but he could be a potential full-time starter at strongside or maybe middle linebacker in the future. It would be surprising if the Packers consider him as anything other than a backup going into 2006, until he is fully recovered. The window may have just shut on his chance at starting full-time in the NFL.