Packers have yet another big problem along the offensive line
The Green Bay Packers can’t catch a break when it comes to injuries.
We won’t even get into the long list of defensive injuries, as there’s enough to discuss just looking along the offensive line.
Already dealing with injuries to starters along the line, the Packers will now be without center Josh Myers in Week 5. He has been ruled out due to a finger injury. A surprise.
Green Bay could be without three starters along the offensive line in Sunday’s trip to Cincinnati.
The Packers are yet to have All-Pro David Bakhtiari available this season due to the torn ACL he suffered late in 2020. He’ll be eligible to return after Week 6.
Elgton Jenkins, who was voted to the Pro Bowl last season primarily for his work at guard, shifted over to tackle in Bakhtiari’s absence and dominated. He could now be set to miss his third straight game due to an ankle injury. He’s listed as questionable on the injury report.
Backup tackle Dennis Kelly is also questionable for Week 5 due to illness.
So, who will start along the offensive line?
If Jenkins is out again, Yosh Nijman will continue to fill in at left tackle. We can expect the guard duo of Jon Runyan Jr. and Royce Newman to remain the same, with Billy Turner at right tackle.
Jake Hanson is the only other center on the roster, but is he ready to start? If not, veteran lineman Lucas Patrick could be the choice. He has experience playing at center.
Losing Myers is another blow for the offensive line. After four weeks, he ranks inside the top 10 among centers in ESPN’s pass block and run block win rate metrics. He’s made a great start to his NFL career.
As they’ve done all year, the Packers will need to adjust. They’ve done a good job of that so far.