The Green Bay Packers will have Christian Watson and Aaron Jones back on Thursday Night Football against the Detroit Lions, which gives the offense a huge boost ahead of a crucial divisional showdown.
However, the Packers won't have left tackle David Bakhtiari available. His name won't be on Green Bay's inactive list tonight, as the team placed him on injured reserve. Bakhtiari will miss at least the next four games, beginning tonight. Hopefully, he can return at some point later in the season.
The Packers and Lions enter Week 4 with a 2-1 record, with the winner taking a one-game lead in the NFC North. While it's still only September, there is so much on the line in this game.
Detroit has won its previous three matchups against Green Bay, including Aaron Rodgers' final game with the Packers in January. A win for either team would be significant in the NFC North race.
Both teams are dealing with injuries entering Week 4, so it's unclear how many players will be at 100 percent, especially on a short week.
Packers vs. Lions inactive list Week 4
- WR Malik Heath
- CB Jaire Alexander
- S Anthony Johnson Jr.
- S Zayne Anderson
- LB Brenton Cox Jr.
- LB De'Vondre Campbell
- G Elgton Jenkins
Aaron Jones, Christian Watson, Zach Tom, and Carrington Valentine are active for the Packers tonight, which is great news.
- FB Jason Cabinda
- S Kerby Joseph
- RB Zonovan Knight
- DL Brodric Martin
- CB Emmanuel Moseley
- G Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Getting Aaron Jones back is great news for the Packers. They have desperately missed him in their previous two games against the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. But he may not play a full-time role in his first game back from a hamstring injury. When he's not on the field, the Packers need AJ Dillon to step up after a disappointing start to the season.
It should be a fascinating matchup to kick off Week 4 and not an easy one to call. The winner will take the early advantage in the NFC North.