Due to a season-ending injury, the Packers have lost a veteran pass rusher.
Whitney Mercilus arrived in Green Bay about a month ago, looking for a fresh start and a chance to help the Packers improve their pass rush.
The 31-year-old outside linebacker will now have to wait until next season to return to action.
Mercilus tore his biceps in the Packers’ Week 10 win over the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Mercilus will miss the rest of the 2021 season.
After nearly sacking Russell Wilson for the second time in the third quarter, the veteran pass rusher left the game early in the third quarter and was ruled out before the start of the fourth quarter, giving the impression that his injury was serious.
According to a source, Packers’ LB Whitney Mercilus tore his biceps Sunday and will miss the rest of the season.
15 November 2021 — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
“Yeah, that’s a difficult one.”
Before any injury updates were released, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said, “I feel bad for him.”
“Shoot, before he got hurt, he could have had a second sack right there.”
This guy is a pro’s pro just in terms of bringing stability to the room.
He’s been doing it for a long time and at a very high level.
It’s just one of those things that happened by chance.”
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It Might Be Difficult to Replacing Mercilus
Mercilus had been a valuable in-season signing for the Packers, racking up 10 total pressures, eight quarterback hurries, and four tackles as the top rotational piece behind starters Preston Smith and Rashan Gary over the last four games.
He also got his first sack in a Packers uniform against Seattle in the first quarter, getting to Wilson on third-and-10 for a big play.
Mercilus’ replacement in the rotation could come from the Packers’ reserves, especially if Gary misses time due to his elbow injury.
Aside from Smith, the only other pass rushers on their rosters are Jonathan Garvin, a 2020 seventh-round pick, and Tipa Galeai, a second-year undrafted player out of Utah State.
Galeai is currently on the practice squad, but when Mercilus returns, he could be promoted to the active roster…
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