The Green Bay Packers should be getting a huge piece of their offensive line back on Sunday, when Elgton Jenkins should return to the lineup.
Although he’s listed as questionable on this week’s injury report, and nothing will be made official until 10:30 am when team’s release their inactive list, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweeted early Sunday morning that Jenkins is “optimistic about playing today.”
Jenkins started the first three weeks at left tackle, filling in for the injured David Bakhtiari, before he hurt his ankle and missed the last two games. That forced undrafted free agent Yosh Nijman to start at one of the offensive line’s most important positions.
The Green Bay Packers received good news about offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins’ availability to play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
With Jenkins returning, Green Bay will likely slide him back in the left tackle spot and move Nijman to the bench. However, they have a few options since Nijman held his own out there. They could put Jinkins at one of the interior roles–like his original left guard spot–and shuffle those guys around up there.
Jenkins’ return couldn’t have come soon enough.
If the Packers lose on Sunday they’ll move into a first-place tie with the Bears in the NFC North. Chicago also boasts a strong front seven that will surely challenge Green Bay. Even with Jenkins out there, it won’t be an easy matchup for their offensive line.
The injury bug has hit the Packers hard this year where they were missing three starters on their offensive line last week alone. Although the guys have continued to implement a next man up approach, there’s no question the amount of talent has taken a hit. Getting Jenkins and rookie starting center Josh Myers back this week is a step in the right direction. Hopefully, Bakhtiari will be ready to return in Week 7 when he’s eligible to come off the Physically Unable to Perform list. For now, we’ll settle for Jenkins’ return and be happy with that.