Green Bay Packers safety Micah Hyde left Saturday's game against the Arizona Cardinals with a hip injury and will not return.
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Hyde Ruled Out for Game
Saturday, Jan. 16
In his third season out of Iowa, Hyde set a career high in solo tackles (51) but hasn't performed as well as expected. Pro Football Focus ranked him 43rd among safeties during the regular season, noting his strength against the run and disconcerting struggles on passing downs. That ranking is keeping with his previous performance, as Hyde ranked 65th in the same rankings a year ago.
For the most part, Hyde has stayed healthy in his NFL career. He's suffered occasional bumps and bruises, including a preseason neck injury, but has played in all 48 games since entering the league.
The Packers have depth across their defensive back roster, so they likely won't be hurting much with him on the shelf. Given Hyde's play this season, his absence might even improve the secondary.
Where his absence will hurt most will be in the return game. Hyde has returned 27 punts and eight kickoffs so far this season, and while he's yet to return one for a touchdown, he had success as a punt returner in his first two seasons.
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