Green Bay Packers’ Darnell Savage injures hamstring in ‘Family Night’ practice

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — Green Bay Packers starting safety Darnell Savage suffered a hamstring injury Friday during the team’s traditional “Family Night” practice session at Lambeau Field.

During the one-on-one games between receivers and defenders early in practice, Savage pulled up while attempting to cover for Amari Rodgers. Savage, a first-round draft pick in 2019, watched the rest of practice from the sidelines with ice around his right leg.

“I don’t think it’s a problem,” Savage said. “It’s a quick injury to people. Some of these things cannot be avoided. I’ll just deal with it properly and listen to the guys back there and I’ll be fine.”

Early in training camp, Green Bay’s defense has mostly held its own with an offense led by four-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers but adjusting to playing without All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams. With Vernon Scott replacing Savage in the lineup, the defense continued to play strong.

During a red-zone period, the starting offense ran seven plays inside the 10-yard line but scored just one hit. Rodgers hit a touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis on the second play against the close cover of rookie linebacker Quay Walker.

After that, safety Adrian Amos stopped a pass to Randall Cobb, linebacker De’Vondre Campbell stopped Aaron Jones on a Rodgers jet-sweep-like flip, safety Shawn Davis nearly intercepted a pass meant for Allen Lazard, and defensive tackle Dean Lowry dropped Jones on a run from the 2.

“I think there are some things where we are doing a great job and there are many areas where we can improve,” said coach Matt LaFleur. “One thing that we’ve kind of challenged our defense on is the consistency of stopping the run and then I think they’ve done a pretty good job of defending the pass and especially the deep balls and not giving up a ton of big games on the field.”

At the start of camp, Rodgers predicted that offense “is going to kick our butt most days” with a defense that could be the team’s best since winning the Super Bowl in 2010. The Packers re-signed Campbell and cornerback Rasul Douglas, added defensive tackle Jarran Reed in free agency and added Walker and defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt in the first round of the draft.

Meanwhile, Green Bay’s offense is struggling without Adams, who was traded to the Raiders in February, and linemen David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins, who are recovering from cruciate ligament tears.

“It’s a double-edged sword,” LaFleur said. “I hope our defense is really strong and they will be very difficult to deal with. I think the only area we need to improve on is consistency going forward. Well, admittedly, I think we have a pretty good defensive front. Our front seven can be pretty salty so I hope they make our offense that much better. But at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter who’s out there. They need to get the job done and we need to see improvements over the next week and in the preseason games.”

The Packers will open the preseason Friday night in San Francisco. Green Bay Packers’ Darnell Savage injures hamstring in ‘Family Night’ practice

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