Oren Burks doesn’t need surgery on pectoral injury

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Packers linebacker Oren Burks thought he tore his pectoral muscle in the team’s preseason opener, but he got some good news about his outlook after visits with doctors.

Burks was told that he doesn’t need to have surgery to repair the injury, which he said was a hyperextension of the muscle. The linebacker said that diagnosis was a “blessing” because it leaves the door open for him to play during the 2019 season.

While there’s no set timetable for him to return, Burks said he’s taking it day by day and General Manager Brian Gutekunst sounded optimistic that it won’t be a long absence.

“I’m really hoping that Oren’s thing is going to be short term,” Gutekunst said, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “We’ll get him back here quicker than I think, but right now, I’d just kind of like to get through this next game and kind of see where we’re at, see where Oren’s at.”

Undrafted rookie Curtis Bolton has been filling in for Burks with the first-team defense with Ty Summers and James Crawford also on hand to fill in until Burks is given the green light to return.

4 responses to “Oren Burks doesn’t need surgery on pectoral injury

  1. It will be great to get a talent like Burke back again later this season. There are only so many horses in the stable, and if you can get a fresh one late in the year, it’s all good.

  2. Wonderful that Oren won’t need surgery and that this isn’t season ending like some had first thought.

    I’m sure we will find out more about the exact timetable for his return in the coming days.

    A “blessing” indeed for Oren. Until Oren gets back I look forward to seeing how Ty Summers handles extended playing time in the next 3 preseason games. Ty was all over the field and had 10 tackles last week. This has peaked the interest of many.


  3. This was definitely welcome news yesterday.
    The fact they didn’t put him on the PUP or IR after initial news reports appeared bleak led me to believe there may be hope.

    Though I still believe we’re a bit thin at MLB, I wouldn’t mind seeing another body added.
    Perhaps during the cut down period.

  4. I really wonder if this loss is all that significant given the limited time the Pack will be in that base defense. Also, isn’t a muscle hyperextension just a whole bunch of little tears anyway?

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