Eric Stokes can't catch a break. The Green Bay Packers' former first-round pick has barely played since suffering a season-ending injury last November.
Stokes suffered a torn meniscus and Lisfranc injury against the Detroit Lions last year, two injuries that required a long road back to full strength. Then, when Stokes looked on track to return over the summer, hamstring issues derailed his progress.
Finally, after almost a year on the sidelines, the Packers activated Stokes in Week 7 against the Denver Broncos. But he pulled up with another hamstring injury while playing the gunner role on special teams, ending his game.
Unfortunately, the news just gets worse.
Packers place Eric Stokes on injured reserve
Stokes' awful injury luck continues. The Packers are placing him on injured reserve, meaning he will miss at least four games.
Four snaps. That's all Stokes played in his return game, each coming on special teams. It's so unfortunate.
Stokes remained positive during his lengthy recovery from injury, but this setback is just brutal. As the Packers have already learned with Aaron Jones and Christian Watson this season, hamstring injuries can take time. They require patience.
The Packers are making a smart decision to shut down Stokes for the time being. He can spend the next four weeks focused on recovery rather than trying to rush back. The most important thing is that Stokes returns at 100 percent when he's ready and not too soon.
Green Bay is dealing with several injuries in the secondary. The team placed starting safety Darnell Savage on injured reserve on Wednesday due to a calf injury. He will miss at least four games.
Cornerback Jaire Alexander is dealing with a back injury that kept him out of Sunday's loss to the Broncos. He previously sat out of two games before the bye week.
Hopefully, Stokes makes a quick recovery and can return after the minimum of four games.