The Green Bay Packers are healthier after their bye week, but they will be without star left tackle David Bakhtiari against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football.
The Packers have officially ruled out Bakhtiari (knee/abdomen) for Week 15.
It means rookie offensive lineman Zach Tom will get another opportunity to start. He has been impressive so far this season and has shown why he can be a long-term starter at either tackle or guard.
The good news is that every other player on the injury report is set to play.
That means a return for rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs, who hasn’t played since Week 9 against the Detroit Lions due to an ankle injury.
Doubs practiced in full all week. He was questionable to play against the Chicago Bears two weeks ago, but the Packers decided to keep him out, giving him extra time over the bye to get fully healthy.
Aaron Rodgers (right thumb/rib) also practiced in full all week. That hasn’t been the case for most of the season, so it’s a sign he is healthier than before the bye week. If he is closer to 100 percent, it will greatly help the offense find some consistency in the final four games of the regular season.
The Rams have ruled out star defensive tackle Aaron Donald (ankle), quarterback John Wolford (neck), defensive tackle Marquise Copeland (ankle), linebacker Travin Howard (hip), and defensive back David Long Jr. (groin).
With Wolford out, it confirms that Baker Mayfield will make just his second start for the Rams, having been claimed off waivers by the team only last week. He led a game-winning drive to defeat the Las Vegas Raiders in his Rams debut last week.
Outside of Bakhtiari not being available, the Packers are much healthier than before the bye week, a good sign entering the final four games.