This week’s Monday Night Football game will feature two team who did not see 2022 pan out as they had planned it to. The Green Bay Packers (5-8) and Los Angeles Rams (4-9) will face off at Lambeau Field for what was supposed to be a matchup of NFC heavyweights. Unfortunately for both teams, injuries and key departures spoiled what was to be a promising season for both teams. The Rams saw this trend continue on Thursday, as their star defensive tackle, Aaron Donald, was unable to practice with an injury.
Aaron Donald DNP for Rams. pic.twitter.com/Nr6MurPBEk
— Bill Huber (@BillHuberNFL) December 15, 2022
Donald suffered a sprained ankle a few weeks ago in the Rams’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He has not played in any of the Rams’ past two games.
Obviously, this would be a major blow to the Rams defense against the Packers. While no one wants to see injuries happen, the Packers will have a much easier time running the ball without Donald in the middle of the Rams’ defensive line. Additionally, one would assume Aaron Rodgers will have more time to throw without Donald breathing down his neck.
It should be noted, of course, that Donald has not yet been ruled out for Monday night.
Packers Injury Updates
As can bee seen in the Tweet above, neither Elgton Jenkins nor David Bakhtiari practiced for the Packers on Thursday. Bakhtiari is still recovering from an emergency appendectomy and Jenkins is still working back to full strength from his torn ACL.
What is exciting, though, is that the Packers will finally have Romeo Doubs back after his own sprained ankle a few weeks ago. Pairing him with Christian Watson, who has had a terrific past few games, will bring a level of explosiveness and excitement to the Packers offense that they desperately need.