Packers guard Lucas Patrick and tight end Josiah Deguara are in the concussion protocol.
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur provided some injury updates ahead of Monday night’s game against the Detroit Lions.
Two players uncertain to be available for Week 2 are guard Lucas Patrick and tight end Josiah Deguara. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, head coach Matt LaFleur said that both players are still in the concussion protocol.
If Patrick, who started at left guard in the season opener, is out, second-year Jon Runyan Jr. could be the top choice to step into a starting job. Runyan is listed as the backup at both guard spots on the Packers’ depth chart.
According to Pro Football Reference, Deguara only played five offensive snaps in Week 1 before getting hurt. Backup Dominique Dafney played on 33 percent of the snaps, and he could be in for a similar role if Deguara is unable to play this week.
Deguara, a third-round pick last year, has been incredibly unlucky with injuries.
He’s played in three regular-season games for the Packers since 2020, and got injured in all three. An injury in last year’s opener kept him out for two games. In his return, he tore his ACL and missed the remainder of the season.
Let’s hope Deguara is able to make a quick recovery and stay healthy for the season. He can be a key player in LaFleur’s offense if he can avoid injuries.
The Packers will release their first injury report for Week 2 later today, but LaFleur said star edge rusher Za’Darius Smith likely won’t be practicing. Smith was limited against the New Orleans Saints last week, so his status for Monday night’s game will be something to watch closely in the coming days.
We’ll see how many players are on the injury report later today.