Packers close to full strength against Dolphins in Week 16

Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers are close to full strength ahead of their Christmas Day matchup with the Miami Dolphins.

Head coach Matt LaFleur should have almost everyone available when the Packers take on the Dolphins in a must-win game.

The Packers released their final injury report for Week 16 on Friday.

Left tackle David Bakhtiari (knee/abdomen) hasn’t practiced all week and is listed as doubtful on the Packers’ injury report. It’s unlikely Green Bay will have its star left tackle available for this game.

However, every other player on the injury report doesn’t have a game status and will be good to go.

Star running back Aaron Jones (knee) was limited at practice all week, but he is set to play on Sunday. Will Jones be close to 100 percent, or will we see more opportunities for AJ Dillon?

Dillon scored two touchdowns last week against the Los Angeles Rams, showing he is more than capable of stepping into a featured role if Jones is limited.

Guard Elgton Jenkins (knee) was limited at practice on Thursday and Friday but is good to go against the Dolphins.

Good news for the Packers is that safety Rudy Ford (wrist) and cornerback Keisean Nixon (groin) were full participants at practice on Friday, having been limited the previous two days. It means both players are available to play on Sunday against the Dolphins.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (right thumb/rib) completed an entire week of full practices, as did inside linebacker Krys Barnes (hand). As expected, tight end Marcedes Lewis (veteran rest) returned to practice on Friday. He was given a rest day on Thursday.

So, considering we’re in Week 16, the Packers are about as healthy as you could hope for this late in the season.

If Bakhtiari plays, they will have everyone available against the Dolphins on Sunday.