Due to knee and ankle problems, the Green Bay Packers had to withdraw starting cornerback Eric Stokes from Sunday’s game at Ford Field in Detroit.
The second-year corner, Stokes, suffered an injury in the opening frame. He was escorted from the sideline back to the locker room.
With Keisean Nixon available for slot duty for the remainder of the game against the Lions, the Packers will start Jaire Alexander and Rasul Douglas as their perimeter cornerbacks.
The team’s hasty decision to withdraw Stokes leaves room for a potential serious injury.
Stokes, the team’s first-round choice in 2021, had a great debut year but has struggled in his second NFL year.
Romeo Doubs, a receiver for the Packers, is already absent after leaving the game in the first quarter due to an ankle injury. The starting right guard, Jon Runyan Jr., made a full recovery from a knee injury.