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Packers fear torn ACL for OLB Kingsley Enagbare

The Green Bay Packers are moving onto the NFC Divisional Round, but Matt LaFleur’s team will likely do so without help from second-year outside linebacker Kingsley Enagbare.

The backup edge rusher is feared to have torn his ACL during Sunday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Coach Matt LaFleur lacked optimism regarding Enagbare’s knee injury in the immediate aftermath of the 48-32 victory at AT&T Stadium.

A significant knee injury at this point of the year — mid-January — puts into question whether or not Enagbare will be available for most of the 2024 season. He will almost certainly miss time to start next season.

Enagbare, a fifth-round pick in 2022, played 40 snaps against the Cowboys. He’s been a primary rotational player behind Preston Smith and Rashan Gary at edge rusher all season.

In 17 games, Enagbare delivered 2.0 sacks, six quarterback hits, eight tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

The Packers have rookie Brenton Cox Jr. available behind Enagbare. It’s possible Keshawn Banks will have an opportunity to move up to the 53-man roster from the practice squad ahead of Saturday’s showdown with the San Francisco 49ers.

Expect Enagbare to go on injured reserve, opening up a roster spot this week.

Story originally appeared on Packers Wire