The Green Bay Packers are without a key player on Friday night in their preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
Defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt, a first-round selection (No. 22 overall) by the Packers in the 2022 NFL Draft, was held out against San Francisco.
Green Bay fans, however, shouldn’t be too concerned. Wyatt’s absence from the game is simply precautionary.
The former Georgia standout was evaluated for a concussion this week. He’s not in the concussion protocol, but the Packers wisely didn’t want to take any chances with their young rookie defensive lineman.
The full list of Packers not playing tonight in the preseason opener at San Fran.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) August 13, 2022
First-round pick Devonte Wyatt is on the list as a precaution. He was evaluated for a concussion earlier this week but is not in the protocol. pic.twitter.com/rpnBzzdIsy
Wyatt is a freak athlete who has the potential to be a perennial Pro-Bowl defensive tackle. There’s zero reason to take any chances with him this early in his career — especially when it comes to head injuries.
When Wyatt returns to the field, he’ll be looking to wreak havoc on the rest of the NFC North.
And he’ll be using his freak athleticism to do just that.
A man the size of Devonte Wyatt should absolutely not be able to move that quickly… pic.twitter.com/XFmdX886bJ— Eli Berkovits (@BookOfEli_NFL) August 6, 2022
I don’t know if Wyatt is going to be the next Aaron Donald, but he looks like a player that’s going to cause nightmares for opposing offensive coordinators for years to come.
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