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De­fen­sive tackle Wilk­er­son is out for the sea­son

Green Bay — Muham­mad Wilk­er­son spent Sun­day night in a Wash­ing­tonarea hos­pi­tal to un­dergo a pro­ce­dure that would en­able him to re­turn to Green Bay, Pack­ers head coach Mike Mc­Carthy said Mon­day.

Mc­Carthy would only al­low that the 28-year-old de­fen­sive tackle suf­fered a “sig­nif­i­cant” in­jury to his left an­kle after Pack­ers safety Ken­trell Brice fell into it from be­hind with 2 min­utes, 10 sec­onds left in the first half of the Pack­ers’ 31-17 loss at Wash­ing­ton.

A source con­firmed Wilk­er­son’s in­jury was sea­son-end­ing.

Wilk­er­son was in ob­vi­ous pain, and as soon as it hap­pened his team­mates fran­ti­cally waved to the side­line for the train­ing staff to come out.

“That’s one of your broth­ers,” fel­low de­fen­sive tackle Kenny Clark said Sun­day. “You don’t want to see none of them go down. It was just sad to see. Great player. He’s been a great guy in the locker room. Just see­ing him go down like that, you don’t want to see none of your broth­ers go down like that. It’s crazy.”

Third-year de­fen­sive end Dean Lowry played 24 snaps against Wash­ing­ton, his most of the sea­son.

“I think I showed some great strides last year and through­out train­ing camp,” Lowry said. “I’ve got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, too. I’m ready for the chal­lenge and I’m ex­cited for this week.”

De­fen­sive tackle Mon­trav­ius Adams, a third-round pick out of Auburn in 2017, played just five snaps Sun­day.

He has seen the field for just 13 plays on de­fense thus far.

“Dean has been a starter be­fore. ‘Mont’ can play,” Clark said Mon­day. “We have guys that’s go­ing to step up. As far as all four of us as of right now, we know what we have to do. We’ve played a lot of foot­ball. So we’ll be all right.”

Of­fen­sive line ‘beat up’

The end of the first half was phys­i­cally painful for the Pack­ers as well Sun­day. Not only did they go into the break against Wash­ing­ton down 28-10, but they es­sen­tially lost two start­ing of­fen­sive line­men. Right tackle Bryan Bu­laga in­jured his back on the 64-yard touch­down throw from Aaron Rodgers to Geron­imo Al­li­son at the 2:15 mark, and as Wash­ing­ton was mov­ing into po­si­tion to score in the fi­nal sec­onds, Mc­Carthy was be­ing told that right guard Justin McCray ’s left shoul­der was go­ing to be prob­lem­atic as well. Nei­ther player fin­ished the game. McCray said he has been man­ag­ing an in­jury in his shoul­der through the start of the sea­son, but Sun­day proved too dif­fi­cult to play through. He will un­dergo fur­ther test­ing.

“Re­ally, un­til we start game plan­ning and un­til (head ath­letic trainer) Bryan (En­gel) gives us some in­for­ma­tion to­mor­row into Wed­nes­day, we’re beat up com­ing out of the game,” Mc­Carthy said. “If you look at the course of these first three weeks, these guys are bat­tling like hell. We’re go­ing to have to see how it sorts out. It will prob­a­bly be part of our game plan­ning but I re­ally can’t give you an an­swer un­til prob­a­bly Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day how we’re go­ing to line up.”

Perry in con­cus­sion pro­to­col

Start­ing out­side line­backer Nick Perry left the game with 2:13 re­main­ing after a tackle on Wash­ing­ton run­ning back Kapri Bibbs. He walked off the field un­der his own power but his hel­met was taken from him and he went di­rectly into the Pack­ers locker room. Mc­Carthy said Perry is in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col.


Pack­ers de­fen­sive tackle Muham­mad Wilk­er­son is carted off the field after in­jur­ing his left an­kle Sun­day. Wilk­er­son won’t play again this sea­son.

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