The Green Bay Packers acquired linebacker Antonio Morrison from Indianapolis in exchange for cornerback Lenzy Pipkins, the Colts announced Sunday.
Green Bay traded for Morrison to address its lack of depth at linebacker after Jake Ryan tore his ACL and rookie fill-in Oren Burks sustained a shoulder injury during pregame warmups of Friday’s 13-6 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Ryan started 12 of the 15 games in which he played last season and recorded 81 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. He collected 206 tackles and one sack in 43 career games since being selected by the Packers in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Morrison notched a team-leading 109 tackles last season with Indianapolis, which switched from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense this year.
The 6-foot-1, 241-pound Morrison had notched 154 tackles and one pass defensed in 31 career contests since being selected by the Colts in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He also had six tackles for loss and seven special team stops.
Pipkins recorded 17 tackles, one pass defensed and one special teams stop in 12 games in 2017 during his rookie season with the Packers. The 6-foot, 196-pound Pipkins was one of three rookie free agents to make Green Bay’s season-opening roster last year.
Collegiately, Pipkins collected 142 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and one forced fumble during his career at Louisiana-Monroe (2013-15) and Oklahoma State (2016).