After a thrilling win against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, coach Matt LeFleur had a handful of injury updates on Green Bay Packers players.
The Packers were down five starters going into Sunday’s game: Running back Aaron Jones, receiver Christian Watson, cornerback Jaire Alexander, left guard Elgton Jenkins, and left tackle David Bakhtiari. Watson, Alexander, Jones, and Bakhtiari were all listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, but ultimately were ruled out for Sunday.
Packers Injury Updates
Rookie cornerback Carrington Valentine left the game with a bicep injury on Sunday, but LaFleur said that he did not tear his bicep, which is good news going into Thursday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions.
There was no practice to kick off the short week, but LaFleur did mention had they practiced today, RB Jones, and Rashan Gary (knee) would’ve been limited while Bakhtiari (knee), Alexander (back), Watson (hamstring), Zack Tom (knee), De’Vondre Campbell (ankle), Zayne Anderson (hamstring), Jenkins (knee), and Valentine (bicep) would’ve all be DNP.
Rashan Gary did play on Sunday where he recorded three sacks, including one that would have Derek Carr leaving the game with an apparent injury.
De’Vondre Campbell injured his ankle in yesterday’s game as well, but it was his other ankle, not the one he injured in preseason, according to LaFleur. Campbell suffered the injury after logging just one tackle in the game and was questionable to return upon initial review.
OL Zack Tom sustained a knee injury against the Saints. LaFleur told the media on Monday that he’s “doing better, but we’ll give him up until game time to try and get it under control.”
As long as there isn’t any setbacks, both Jones and Watson should be players back in the game on Thursday. LaFleur said that he’s hopeful that they’re able to play against the Lions, but the team is still dealing with injuries that they dealt with in Week 3.
Jones had apparently told the FOX television crew that he was gearing to suit up for Week 3’s game, but ultimately was stuck on the sidelines.
With it being a shortened week, the turnaround for these players to come back ready to play on Thursday is greatly shortened. There’s only so many rookies the Packers can put on the field in place of those key players and heading into an NFC North showdown like this one, you want your healthiest and best players on the field.
Another injury report should be posted tomorrow, that way we’ll have a better understanding on who’s going to be suiting up and going to be active against Detroit.
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