Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan has reportedly been diagnosed with a torn right ACL after suffering a knee injury during Monday's practice at training camp.
Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst told reporters Tuesday the organization would evaluate its roster options before potentially signing a free agent:
"Watching Ted [Thompson] all those years going through these scenarios, I think the best practice is patience. We have some young players that have showed some promise out there, and we'll let them continue to grow into those roles and see what we have. At the same time, we're always behind the scenes preparing for anything."
Ryan, a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft, had developed into a stabilizing force in the middle of the Packers defense. He tallied 163 combined tackles over the last two seasons.
His absence will leave a major void alongside Blake Martinez on the inside.
Green Bay features a lot of youth behind Martinez on the depth chart. Ahmad Thomas, a second-year player who went undrafted in 2017, will likely compete with three rookies—Oren Burks, Marcus Porter and Greer Martini—for snaps with the first-team defense when the preseason gets underway.
NaVorro Bowman, a three-time Pro Bowler, and Gerald Hodges are the most notable free agents available at the position should the Packers seek veteran depth.
Meanwhile, Ryan is set to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end, which adds another layer of uncertainty as he begins the long rehabilitation process from a torn ACL.