Packers: Elgton Jenkins absence ‘nothing to do’ with knee injury

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Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins didn’t practice on Sunday, although head coach Matt LaFleur said it wasn’t related to his knee injury.

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur didn’t give much detail about Elgton Jenkins’ absence from practice, although there is some good news.

According to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, LaFleur said Jenkins not practicing had “nothing to do with the knee”.

LaFleur didn’t give an explanation, other than saying it wasn’t planned, per Matt Schneidman of The Athletic.

Jenkins is still working his way back from a torn ACL that ended his 2021 season, so initially hearing he wasn’t practicing was concerning. Fans feared he had suffered a setback. LaFleur saying it isn’t related to his knee is good news.

It’s possible Jenkins is dealing with another injury, but the Packers don’t have to give any information on that.

Green Bay will have to release an injury report in Week 1, so we could get a clearer indication in 10 days.

Hopefully, Jenkins will be good to go in the season opener. The Packers missed him last season. His ability to play at a Pro Bowl level across the offensive line is unique and makes him such an important player for the Packers.

There was some good news for the offense on Sunday.

According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, tight end Robert Tonyan is moving into team drills.

Tonyan is also recovering from a torn ACL that ended his season. He looks to be nearing his return and will hopefully be available for the season opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

For now, Matt LaFleur doesn’t seem to be willing to give away too much information about why Jenkins didn’t practice, which is understandable.

Let’s hope Jenkins is ready to go in the season opener next week.