Packers could be without two key starters vs. dominant Titans pass rush

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, David Bakhtiari (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, David Bakhtiari (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers‘ offensive line faces a tough challenge on Thursday Night Football against an excellent Tennessee Titans pass rush.

It will be even tougher if key starters David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins are unable to go.

The Packers have listed both players as questionable to play on their injury report for Week 11.

Green Bay has also ruled out inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell and wide receiver Romeo Doubs, while cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles is doubtful.

According to Pro Football Reference, Tennessee’s defense ranks fourth in the NFL for sacks with 29 and third in quarterback hits with 71.

They will provide a tough matchup for the Packers’ offensive line, especially if Bakhtiari and Jenkins are unable to go.

Starting right tackle Yosh Nijman has been excellent this season, so Green Bay can have confidence in him.

But if Bakhtiari and Jenkins can’t go, there will be a lot of uncertainty on the left side of the line.

Bakhtiari has been close to his All-Pro best in the games he has played, but he has been in and out of the lineup due to injury.

After playing last week against the Dallas Cowboys, it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to go only four days later, or whether the Packers will keep him out and give him extra time to rest before next week’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The good news for Green Bay is that the majority of the players on the injury report are good to go. That includes Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, Christian Watson, and Preston Smith.

The Titans are dealing with some injuries this week. They have ruled out kicker Randy Bullock, edge rusher Bud Dupree, safety Amani Hooker, defensive back Lonnie Johnson, and center Ben Jones.

Defensive back Elijah Molden and defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons are questionable for Thursday Night Football.