Wed. Jan 23rd, 2019

Packers’ Mo Wilkerson done for the season?

Packers defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is likely done for the season after undergoing surgery, Ian Rapoport of tweets. Exact details of the procedure are not known, but it’s probably enough to shelve him for the year. 

The Packers signed Wilkerson to a one-year, $5M deal in March with the opportunity to earn $3M in incentives. The terms of the incentives package were not revealed, but it’s unlikely that he has earned much in the way of bonuses after just three games on the field.

Wilkerson was once one of the premier defensive players in the NFL, but he hasn’t been the same since inking a massive extension with the Jets in 2016. Wilkerson reportedly had problems with effort, tardiness, and coaches and his level of play slipped as well. Last year, the 28-year-old (29 in October) appeared in 13 games but graded as just the 50th-best interior defender in the league, per Pro Football Focus. This year, Wilkerson tallied five tackles and zero sacks in three starts at defensive end for Green Bay.

Without Wilkerson, the Packers may promote defensive end Dean Lowry to the starting lineup. They’ll also have to make at one addition to the DE group.

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