Nick Perry Placed on IR by Packers Because of Knee Injury

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 24, 2018

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 16: Nick Perry #53 of the Green Bay Packers in action during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on September 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The game ended in a 29-29 tie. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers placed outside linebacker Nick Perry on injured reserve Saturday after the seven-year veteran suffered a knee injury on November 11 against the Miami Dolphins.

Perry had 24 tackles and 1.5 sacks in nine games this season.

The 2018 campaign has been a disappointing one for Perry, especially after finding success in 2016 and 2017.

The ex-USC star and 2012 first-round draft pick amassed 90 tackles and 18 sacks in 26 games during that span, and Bleacher Report 1000 scouts ranked him 16th among all outside linebackers in the league in January 2018.

However, Perry's 2018 production took a noticeable dip, especially in recent months.

After registering 14 tackles and a sack in his first three games, Perry had just 10 tackles and 0.5 sacks in his final six matchups before being placed on IR.

As Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com noted, Perry may have played his last game in a Packers uniform. While Perry signed a five-year, $70 million contract before 2017, Demovsky wrote the following:

"The Packers structured Perry's most recent contract, which contained an $18.5 million signing bonus, so that they could move on after the 2018 season and actually gain salary-cap space. Perry is due a $4.8 million roster bonus if he's on the team on the third day of the league year in 2019, so if the Packers cut him before that March date they would wipe that and his $5.2 million base salary off their cap."

Third-year linebacker Kyler Fackrell has also done well in Perry's place, amassing six tackles and three sacks against the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday.

Per a Packers' press release, the team signed defensive lineman James Looney off the practice squad to take Perry's place.