Packers: Will Elgton Jenkins play vs. 49ers in Week 3?

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Will Packers Pro Bowl offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins play in Week 3?

With a difficult challenge awaiting on Sunday Night Football when the Green Bay Packers visit the San Francisco 49ers, the team will be desperately hoping Pro Bowler Elgton Jenkins is able to play.

Jenkins has made a smooth transition to left tackle, where he’s played 100 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps through two weeks and kept Aaron Rodgers’ blindside protected.

However, he is on the injury report due to an ankle injury and is yet to practice this week.

Elgton Jenkins ‘doing better’, says Matt LaFleur

While Jenkins’ status for Week 3 remains up in the air, there were some encouraging words from Packers head coach Matt LaFleur on Thursday.

“He’s doing better. He still will not be out at practice today, but we’ll give him the rest of the week to get healthy,” said LaFleur.

LaFleur said he wasn’t aware on the play the injury happened, as he didn’t find out until postgame. He also noticed no drop-off in play from Jenkins.

There’s no doubt Jenkins will want to be out there on Sunday night, in a game where he should see a lot of Pro Bowl pass rusher Nick Bosa. The fact Jenkins played through the injury on Monday night shows us a lot about his toughness.

Of course, the Packers need to take a long-term view and not risk Jenkins making the injury worse and keeping him out for longer.

The fact he’s not practiced on either Wednesday or Thursday is concerning, but Friday’s injury report will be the key one. If Jenkins is able to practice in any way, it will look far more encouraging about his status for Week 3. If he remains out of practice, it will be a concern.

The good news today is that LaFleur said Jenkins is ‘doing better’. Hopefully with an extra few days to recover, he can play at close to 100 percent on Sunday night.