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Packers Starting LB Oren Burks Believed to Have Torn Pectoral Muscle

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Linebacker Oren Burks #42 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after making a tackle with defensive back Raven Greene #36 in the first quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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The injury bug strikes the Packers' defense once again.

Green Bay was hoping to have former 2018 third-round pick in linebacker Oren Burks make an impact as a starter, but it appears he'll miss quite a bit of time, as he's believed to have a torn pectoral muscle.

It was initially believed when he left the Packers' preseason opener that he suffered a shoulder injury, but further evaluation has revealed more grim results. Burks will have more tests done to figure out the severity and how much time he'll miss, but he could find himself on injured reserve.

Burks appeared in 14 games last season, recording just 23 combined tackles. However, the Packers had high hopes for him this time around considering the turnover at the linebacker position and familiarity entering the second year of their new defensive scheme.