LaFleur: DT Kenny Clark won't play against the Lions

Pro Bowl defensive tackle suffered a groin injury in Minnesota

DL Kenny Clark

GREEN BAY – The Packers won't have defensive tackle Kenny Clark available this Sunday against the Detroit Lions, Head Coach Matt LaFleur has confirmed.

Clark missed all three days of practice this week after suffering a groin injury during the Packers' 43-34 win over Minnesota last Sunday. He exited the game in the second quarter and did not return.

It'll be only the fifth game the Pro Bowl defensive tackle has missed in his four-plus NFL seasons.

"Kenny will be out, unfortunately," said LaFleur after Friday's practice. "I know he's doing everything in his power to be back as soon as possible but he won't be able to play this weekend."

Kingsley Keke, a fifth-round pick out of Texas A&M last year, stepped in with veterans Dean Lowry and Tyler Lancaster, and played a career-high 29 defensive snaps after Clark exited.

After squaring off against Dalvin Cook and Andrew Mattison last week, Keke and the Packers' defensive front know the job won't get any easier against future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson, who had 13 carries for 93 yards last Sunday against Chicago.

"We're preparing for this, making sure we're gap sound and making sure we're ready," Keke said. "We understand the Lions are going to come in and try to run the ball – they will run the ball. So we're going to be ready for that."

Defensive tackle Montravius Adams was limited in practice this week after missing the Vikings game with a lingering toe injury. Green Bay also signed 31-year-old veteran Billy Winn to the practice squad Wednesday, joining rookie Willington Previlon.


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