Green Bay Packers starting free safety Darnell Savage Jr. sustained a hamstring injury during the team’s “Family Night” practice on August 5, but neither he nor head coach Matt LaFleur seemed worried about the issue afterward.
According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Savage was participating in one-on-one matchups between wide receivers and defensive backs and pulled up limping after trying to cover Amari Rodgers on one of his routes. The 2019 first-round pick remained on the sideline for the rest of the practice with “ice wrapped around his leg,” but he shrugged off any concern when speaking with reporters at the end of the night.
“I don’t think it’s a concern,” Savage said, via Demovsky. “It’s a fast-people injury. Some of those things you can’t avoid. I’ll just handle it the right way and listen to those guys back there and I’ll be all right.”
Savage has been a critical piece of the Green Bay’s secondary for the past three years, starting in all but three games alongside veteran Adrian Amos and finishing among the top five safeties in pass breakups in each of his last two seasons. While he struggled a bit throughout the 2021 season, he remains a promising and reliable piece of the Packers’ coverage unit and would be difficult to replace if he missed any time.
Fortunately, LaFleur told reporters after the practice that he doesn’t believe there is much concern with Savage’s injury moving forward;