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Packers place Tonyan and Hill on injured reserve

Lazard and Valdes-Scantling practice Monday
Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan (85) runs the ball after a catch against the...
Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan (85) runs the ball after a catch against the Washington Football Team during an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)(Jeff Haynes | AP)
Published: Nov. 1, 2021 at 4:58 PM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Both tight end Robert Tonyan and running back Kylin HIll are officially done for the season after the Packers placed them on injured reserve Monday.

Both suffered season ending knee injuries against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night. Tonyan’s agent tweeted the Packers tight end suffered a clean tear of the ACL, which could help in his recovery from the injury.

Tonyan was coming off a break out season in 2020 where he finished tied for the league lead in touchdowns by a tight end with 11 TD receptions.

“Feel sick for him. Just knowing how much that he puts into this game. You know, I know it’s just a little blip on the radar for him. He’ll be back. He’ll be stronger. He’ll be better. It’s definitely disappointing for us as a football team, and I know it hurts for him personally as well,” said head coach Matt LaFleur.

All year it has been that “next man up” mentality for the Packers. In this case the next man is second year tight end Josiah Deguara, who suffered a torn ACL of his own in 2020.

“My heart hurts for Bobby, man. He heard the news and was going through those emotions. Just offered my support for him, tell him I love him, and any advice, anything he needs I’m here for him. I know he’s going to attack it and come back better than he was,” said Josiah Deguara.

Deguara’s role has been somewhat limited this year as the third tight end on the depth chart with just four catches since getting back on the field. Now both he and Dominique Dafney know they’re roles will be increased as someone steps into Big Bob’s big shoes.

“We both have to step up into that role and hopefully you can’t tell that anything’s gone. Hopefully step into that role and produce just like Bobby would. I’m at that point where I can make plays out there, and when the ball’s thrown my way that’s what I’m going to try to do. When the opportunity is there I’m going to go make it,” said Deguara.

The Packers did get some good news on the injury front. Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is getting closer to a return after practicing on Monday following a five week stint on injured reserve due to a hamstring issue.

Wide receiver Allen Lazard was also back on the practice field Monday after spending time on the COVID-19 reserve. Lazard was a close contact and had to spend five days on the reserve list before returning, according to multiple reports.

Head coach Matt LaFleur said defensive coordinator Joe Barry is expected to be back on Thursday, and wide receiver Davante Adams is on a similar timeline. Both missed the last game due to COVID-19 protocols.

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