Packers: Kamal Martin needs knee surgery, out six weeks

Kamal Martin (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Kamal Martin (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

The Packers will be without talented rookie Kamal Martin for at least six weeks.

Just as the Green Bay Packers thought they might’ve found their answer in their search for an inside linebacker to start next to Christian Kirksey, they’ve now lost talented rookie Kamal Martin for at least six weeks.

Martin — who has been one of the Packers’ standout performers at training camp this year — is out after requiring surgery due to a torn meniscus, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

This is a tough break for a young player who went from potentially being on the roster bubble and competing for a spot on the 53, to becoming a strong contender for a starting job.

This feels very similar to Curtis Bolton a year ago. Bolton starred in the preseason and not only looked to have secured a roster spot, but also potentially a starting job in the Packers defense. But Bolton went down with a torn ACL and missed the entire season.

The good news for Martin is that he could return this year, something Bolton couldn’t due to a torn ACL.

So, what does this mean for the Packers defense?

It could mean defensive coordinator Mike Pettine decides to use two inside linebackers less often with safety Raven Greene playing more snaps. The other possibility is that one or Oren Burks or Ty Summers earns more snaps next to Kirksey.

But this injury does hurt the Packers. Martin earned praise throughout training camp as he continued to make plays against the run and pass. Hopefully, he’ll be able to return later in the season and make an impact down the stretch. In the meantime, his focus will be on recovery.

Pettine will need to adjust. Hopefully, Burks or Summers will make a jump this year. If not, expect to see an extra safety on the field.