Packers: Billy Turner’s injury not expected to end his season

Green Bay Packers, Billy Turner (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Billy Turner (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

There’s good news for the Packers with Billy Turner’s injury.

The Green Bay Packers haven’t had much luck with injuries along the offensive line this season, but there is some encouraging news for Billy Turner.

According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said the injury isn’t expected to end Turner’s season.

Turner left Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears with a knee injury and he was unable to return.

Turner doesn’t get enough credit for how well he has played at tackle the past two seasons. This year, Turner ranks seventh in the league among tackles in pass block win rate, according to ESPN.

For now, it seems veteran Dennis Kelly will start at right tackle in his place and it is unclear when Turner will be able to return. Kelly played well and he has plenty of experience having started all 16 regular-season games for the Tennessee Titans last season.

The Packers will also hopefully be able to get All-Pro David Bakhtiari back soon. The good news is Bakhtiari made his return to practice on Wednesday.

For now, it seems it will be Yosh Nijman and Dennis Kelly as the two starters at tackle. If Turner and Bakhtiari can return before the end of the year, the Packers will have their preferred starting combination back.

As they have done all season, Green Bay will have to adjust. Of the preferred starting five along the offensive line, the Packers are currently without left tackle David Bakhtiari, left guard Elgton Jenkins, center Josh Myers, and right tackle Billy Turner. Yet they have still done a good job of protecting Aaron Rodgers and opening lanes in the run game.

But the good news is that while Turner could be out for the time being, his injury shouldn’t keep him out for the season.