Packers: Good and bad injury news ahead of Week 7

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

There’s good and bad news for the Packers.

On Saturday, there was both good and bad news for the Green Bay Packers when it comes to injuries.

Let’s start with the good news. Rookie inside linebacker Kamal Martin is set to make his debut for the Packers on Sunday against the Houston Texans. Martin was activated to the 53-man roster on Saturday.

Martin was a standout over the summer at training camp before an injury meant he had to start the season on injured reserve.

The Packers need all the help they can get on defense, and if Martin can carry over some of his impressive performances at practice into real games, this defense is going to get better. A combination of Martin and Krys Barnes at inside linebacker should be fun to watch.

However, it’s not all good news ahead of Week 7. The Packers could be without two important players on offense.

It was unlikely star left tackle David Bakhtiari would play as he was listed as doubtful on the injury report. That’s now confirmed as the Packers have downgraded Bakhtiari’s status to out.

So we know Bakhtiari won’t be out there against the Texans, and all signs are also pointing to star running back Aaron Jones also missing the game.

According to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the plan is that Jones won’t be active on Sunday, ensuring he has time to recover from a calf strain. The biggest indication the Packers expect to be without Jones is that they have promoted running back Dexter Williams to the gameday roster.

The Packers are right to be cautious with these injuries. With so many big games still to come this season, the last thing they want is either Bakhtiari or Jones to be rushed back then make their injury worse. Like with Davante Adams, give them time to get healthy.