Sep 17, 2020
Troubling Update Emerges on Kenny Clarks Injury for Packers
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Getty Kenny Clark #97 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after sacking Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter of a game at Lambeau Field on September 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The Green Bay Packers could be forced to play Sunday’s home opener against the Detroit Lions without one of the premier members of their defense.
According to ESPN’s Rob Demovksy, Clark did not participate in Wednesday’s practice for the Packers after a groin injury knocked him out in the first half of Week 1’s win over Minnesota. The 25-year-old star nose tackle spent the afternoon inside the team’s facility working with the rehab staff, putting his status in doubt for Sunday’s noon CT kickoff at Lambeau Field.
NT Kenny Clark (groin) worked inside with the rehab group. Might be tough for Clark to go Sunday against the Lions. Could be why the Packers appear to have added veteran DL Billy Winn to the practice squad. They will have a roster spot when they put G… https://t.co/SlCCwecz7O
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 16, 2020
Montravius Adams is listed as the backup for Clark on the Packers’ depth chart, but his status also remains in question after he was inactive in Week 1 with a toe injury. The good news is that Adams, a 2017 third-round pick, participated in Wednesday’s practice.
The Packers locked down Clark as the driving force of their defensive line just before the start of training camp with a four-year $70 million contract extension, making him the NFL’s highest-paid nose tackle after his career year in 2019. He started all 18 games and earned his first Pro Bowl selection while finishing with 68 total tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and seven sacks — including one against Russell Wilson in the Packers’ home playoff win against Seattle.
Clark has only become more dangerous as a pass rusher since the integration of outside linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith last season, taking advantage of their increased presence on the edges to make impact plays at and behind the line of scrimmage. A bigger role for Rashan Gary in 2020 has also been expected to alleviate the pressure on Clark.
The challenge for the Packers has been surrounding Clark with consistent support at the other defensive line spots. They avoided making any significant offseason additions to the position and instead chose to bet on the strides of their returning lineman, including starters Tyler Lancaster and Dean Lowry and 2019 fifth-round pick Kingsley Keke.
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Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh provides positive update on Manny Pacquiao fight and says terms are almost agreed
On Friday night the UFC legend released a series of tweets claiming he will box Pacquiao in the Middle East.5Conor McGregor tweeted out that he will fight Manny Pacquiao in the Middle EastCredit: Reuters 5McGregor's coach John Kavanagh says his man and Pacquiao have 'agreed' the fightCredit: Sportsfile - Subscription
Then the Filipino confirmed he will fight the Irishman in a sensational clash.
It left boxing fans hoping the two sporting greats were serious about the mouthwatering match-up.
And according to McGregor's MMA coach Kavanagh, the deal has been done.
Speaking to Boxing Productions TV, the Irishman said: "I do know it's in the works.
"I believe both boxers have agreed fundamentally, behind the scenes there are a lot of terms and conditions and legal teams and managers to work out the fine details but I believe it will happen.
"I think it might be early next year but the wheels are in the motion and it looks like I'll be coaching boxing again.
"I'll play a part but it will be mostly Owen and Phil Sutcliffe, Conor's long-time boxing coach from Crumlin Boxing. The bulk of the work will be done with those guys but I always have a hand in there."
McGregor - who recently showed off his extreme new look with a shaved head - was trying to arrange a return fight in MMA following his retirement announcement in June - his third in four years.5How McGregor and Pacquiao stack up ahead of their proposed fight 5Manny Pacquiao has also confirmed the McGregor fightCredit: Getty Images - Getty Most read in BoxingANIMAL INSTINCTWatch 'KO of year' as 'animal' Hrgovic leaves rival out cold on the ropesPicturedDOCTOR TRIBUTEMaddison holds up T-shirt to honour Leicester club doc who died this summerLive BlogUFC 253 LIVEAdesanya KNOCKS OUT Costa as champ secures second-round winVideo'S***ING ON GRAVES'WWE legend Bautista blasts Donald Trump and rages over coronavirusHEY BALEInside Gareth Bale's family turmoil from drugs feud to porn ahead of Spurs returnSEEING REDMourinho's coach sent off as Tottenham rage over controversial late penalty
But the talks apparently fizzled out and McGregor - recently urged to return to the octagon by rival Justin Gaethje - later tweeted: "Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a fook. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East."
"It will be a true honour to have faced two of the greatest boxers of the modern era, afraid of a fight."
McGregor previously fought Floyd Mayweather under Queensberry Rules in 2017, and was stopped in the tenth round.
He has been eyeing another dabble into boxing for some time now despite that defeat.
Pacquaio, 41 - known as Pac Man - has now accepted the Irishman's challenge.5
A senator in his native country, he says cash from this fight will go towards the relief effort in the Philippines after Covid-19.
A statement from Pacquiao's office read: "For the sake of all the Filipino Covid-19 victims, Senator Manny Pacquiao will be fighting UFC superstar Conor McGregor next year.
"The huge portion of his earnings will proceed to those who are affected nationwide by the pandemic."
Pacquiao has also previously fought Mayweather.
Both men have previously fought Floyd Mayweather.
The Pac Man previously took on 'Money' in 2015 in one of the biggest-grossing PPV fights in history.
But this was also one of the worst PPV fights ever, with the Filipino struggling to to get anywhere near his best form.Conor McGregor shows off hand speed in shadow boxing as UFC star holidays in France