Robert Tonyan is done for the season.
The Green Bay Packers starting tight end tore his ACL during Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, his agent told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The injury should end his season.
The injury occurred when Tonyan caught a pass from Aaron Rodgers and ran downfield until he was met by Cardinals safety Jalen Thompson. As the two fell to the ground, Tonyan’s left leg twisted awkwardly, and he immediately started grabbing his knee in pain.
Tonyan was eventually able to limp off the field, but that will be the end of his playing time this season.
The loss of Tonyan is a rough blow for a Packers team that saw Tonyan post 586 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns last season, the latter tied with Travis Kelce for most among NFL tight ends. Tonyan had been on his way to a decent year in 2021, with 204 receiving yards and two touchdowns through eight games. More than half of those yards came in his last two games.
The Packers figure to replace Tonyan in the short team with more snaps for veteran Marcedes Lewis. They also still have time to find a reinforcement before the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 2.