Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and linebacker Tipa Galeai (40) react with linebacker Krys Barnes (51) who was injured against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Packers activate LB Krys Barnes from IR

The Green Bay Packers activated linebacker Krys Barnes from injured reserve on Saturday.

Barnes, 24, landed on IR on Sept. 13 after being carted off the field with a high ankle sprain in the season-opening loss at Minnesota.

Barnes has posted 161 tackles, two sacks, four passes defensed and two fumble recoveries in 30 games (23 starts) since signing with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2020.

The Packers (3-5) bring a four-game losing streak into Sunday’s game against the host Detroit Lions (1-6).

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur (upper left) looks on with linebacker Krys Barnes (51) who was injured against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Packers put LB Krys Barnes on IR

The Green Bay Packers placed linebacker Krys Barnes on injured reserve Tuesday and signed offensive lineman Caleb Jones from the practice squad.

Barnes suffered a high ankle sprain and calf injuries in the Packers’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. He was carted off the field with an air cast on the leg. He’ll have to miss at least four games, though the club was originally fearful of losing him for a few months.

Barnes replaced an injured Quay Walker and played just nine snaps on defense before the injury. He has 161 tackles in 30 career games (23 starts), all with the Packers.

Walker’s status is unknown after leaving Sunday with a shoulder injury. The rookie, Green Bay’s first pick in April’s draft at No. 22 overall, started and had eight tackles before getting hurt.

Jones was a favorite of quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ to make the 53-man roster out of camp. He was cut and then signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers. The undrafted free agent graded out well by Pro Football Focus during the preseason.

The signing gives the Packers 11 offensive linemen on the active roster. The move is seen as protection from Jones getting scooped off their practice squad by teams trolling for OL help.

–Field Level Media