Kenny Clark avoided major injury; Packers still bothered by incident

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Kenny Clark appears to have avoided a major ankle injury, but that doesn't mean the Green Bay Packers are any less bothered by the way it happened.

The second-year defensive tackle was hurt while he was engaged with Ravens center Ryan Jensen during the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss at Lambeau Field. He had to be carted off the field.

Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix ripped Jensen, saying "he's trash". Clinton-Dix was upset that Jensen was "dragging [Clark] into the ground while his legs were tucked under him."

"I think clearly Kenny is in a compromised position," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday after watching the film. "Obviously you've got a physical game going on there on the interior. I thought it was unnecessary, definitely an injury that could have potentially been avoided."

McCarthy said that Clark was still being evaluated by team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie. A source said that Clark's injury was a sprain and not a broken ankle, but there's no timeline yet for a possible return.

Clark tweeted on Monday that he'll "be fine."

Jensen reached out to Kenny Clark through text on Monday.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Jensen was trying to hold up Clark when he felt that the Packers lineman was bending backward. Harbaugh said he saw exactly that when reviewing the tape.

"He was really trying to hold him up. He wasn’t pushing him over the pile," Harbaugh said. "He felt really bad about it."

Clark, a first-round pick in 2016, has been one of the bright spots on the defense.

In 10 games, he's already bettered his tackle total from last season. He has 32 total tackles compared to 21 in 16 games last season. He's also played more snaps (451) through 10 games than he did in a full season last year (311).

"Kenny's been playing extremely well," Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said Monday. "We've liked our matchups with Kenny in there. He gets a lot of double teams in there. We'll have to go to work and see what we come up with here in terms of trying to make up if we don't have Kenny."

The Packers also could be without outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who left in the first half because of a groin injury. It could mean more playing time for rookie Vince Biegel, who has played just 40 snaps in three games since he was activated off the physically unable to perform list following foot surgery.

"He probably needs to be ready for more," Capers said. "Again, not knowing what Clay's status is going to be, but we've gotten Brooks back here in the last couple weeks. That helps. I thought Kyler [Fackrell] taking a step in the right direction yesterday and then Vince has gotten some snaps now. We just have to keep those guys coming along. We have to get plays out of our outside guys. They have to be good edge-setters in the run and they obviously in the rush they have to win their one-on-ones, which you saw early in the game, Clay had the sack on a really nice rush."

Baltimore Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley contributed to this story