The Green Bay Packers injury report cast doubt on the offensive line
The Green Bay Packers offensive line has been struggling with injuries since the preseason. The unit’s injuries cost the team several important looks on offense in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week One. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked four times and seemed pressured on almost every big throw he made. The Packers injury report released Thursday doesn’t bode well for an improved offensive line.
The offensive line won’t have much of an easier time with their next opponent in Week Two. The Bears were able to sack quarterback Trey Lance multiple times in their win over the San Francisco 49ers. The Bears will have the All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn to rush at Rodgers.
The Packers were hoping to have their star left tackle, David Bakhtiari, back for the Vikings game. He missed the game and might be absent against the Bears. Per the Packers injury report released Thursday, Bakhtiari did not participate in today’s practice. That’s a step back from where he was Wednesday.
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Both Packers starting tackles are still beat up
That’s not the report many Packers fans were hoping for Thursday. Friday’s report will be one to keep an eye on if Bakhtiari has a chance to play in Week Two. Offensive guard Jon Runyan was also a nonparticipant in Thursday’s practice, along with tight end Marcedes Lewis.
Offensive tackle Elgton Jenkins was a limited participant Thursday. It seems more evident by Thursday that the Packers will be without both of their first team tackles against the Bears barring a significant breakthrough on Friday.
This is concerning, given the offensive line’s difficulty in protecting Rodgers without their two starting tackles. The Packers may look to rookie Zach Tom as a starting tackle this Sunday. The Packers will need whoever is on the offensive line to step up and have a better week against the Bears.