Packers CB Eric Stokes probably won't play again this season

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) is tackled by Green Bay Packers cornerback Eric Stokes, right, after catching a pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur says cornerback Eric Stokes probably won't play again this season after getting injured Sunday in a 15-9 loss at Detroit.

''It's looking unlikely, but I don't have an exact update for that,'' LaFleur said Friday.

Stokes, a 2021 first-round draft pick, hurt his ankle and knee in the loss at Detroit. Packers outside linebacker Rashan Gary, who has a team-high six sacks, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the same game.

''It is what it is,'' Stokes said Wednesday. ''That's what I keep telling myself. Life happens. I know what I signed up for. So I know every chance I go out there, what I could be doing to myself.''

The Packers (3-6) released an injury report Friday that ruled out Stokes, linebacker De'Vondre Campbell (knee), wide receiver Romeo Doubs (ankle) and reserve cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles (ankle) for Sunday's home game with the Dallas Cowboys (6-2). This will be the second straight game that Campbell and Jean-Charles have missed.

Linebacker Krys Barnes (concussion) is doubtful, while offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) and wide receiver Amari Rodgers (hamstring) are questionable for Sunday's game.

Stokes had started each of the Packers' nine games this season. He has started a total of 23 games since the Packers took him out of Georgia with the 29th overall selection in the 2021 draft.

The Packers have lost five straight games for the first time since 2008. They're trying to avoid dropping six straight games in the same season for the first time since 1988.


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