The ACL injury is one of the most devastating in sports. After a year of recovery, there are questions about if that player will ever be the same again. The Green Bay Packers are no stranger to ACL injuries in the past 10 years. In fact, Green Bay is near the top in ACL injuries for the past 10 years.
Only three teams have lost more players to torn ACLs than the Packers since 2020: Broncos, 49ers, Giants. https://t.co/pKqUKQ8bIu
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Green Bay Packers: ACL Injury History
Since 2013, only the Broncos, Eagles, Cardinals, and Commanders have had more ACL injuries than the Packers. The Packers have been especially devastating with high-profile players tearing their ACLs. Jordy Nelson, David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, and Rashan Gary were/are pivotal players in the franchise that tore an ACL. Since 2020, the Packers have had the fourth most ACL injuries in the league. It is a concerning stat and makes one question as to why.
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Is There A Reason Why?
The simple answer is no. Injuries are often simply due to luck. The Jordy Nelson injury was a non-contact one. He simply landed wrong. There was not much anyone could have done. However, there is one factor that I do want to point out. The Packers have two teams in their division that play on turf fields. According to one study, there was a 27% increase in lower-body non-contact injuries from playing on synthetic turf. Gary’s injury happened in Detroit on turf. It could have been a freak accident but he was clearly at higher risk.
This could be slightly debunked by where Detroit lands on this list. Over the same period of time, the Lions have only had 12 ACL injuries vs. the Packers’ 20. They have to play a much higher percentage of games on turf meaning they should see an increase in injuries. However, this is not the case as they rank low on the list. The Bears also have to play games in Detroit and they have the third lowest in the last 10 years. It may just be dumb luck but it is a concerning stat for the Green Bay Packers.
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