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Matt LaFleur Shares Important Updates on David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins

Larry Rupp
Matt LaFleur shared important updates on David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins.
Matt LaFleur shared important updates on David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins. / AP Photos/Mike Roemer

The Green Bay Packers' road to a playoff berth continues with a matchup against the Detroit Lions in Week 9. Keeping Aidan hutchinson and Charles Harris at bay won't be easy, which makes the injury updates on starting offensive linemen David Bahktiari and Elgton Jenkins that much more important.

Both Bahktiari and Jenkins will practice on Friday, which is obviously is a step in the right direction. It'll be Bakhtiari's first time practicing this week as he works through a knee issue. Meanwhile, Jenkins returned to drills from a foot injury on Thursday and will now look to ramp up his participation level.

The impact Bahktiari has on this team cannot be understated. He was named an All-Pro in five straight seasons from 2016-2020 before an ACL tear sidelined him for almost all of 2021. The 31-year-old just has allowed 0 sacks and drawn just 2 penalties across 265 offensive snaps in 2022.

Jenkins popped up on the injury report late before the Packers' Week 8 game against the Buffalo Bills and ended up having to sit out. Hope remains that the foot issue is not serious, though. The fourth-year pro played in 100% of the offensive snaps in Weeks 2 through 7, giving up 2 sacks in action.

Neither Bakhtiari or Jenkins' statuses will be confirmed until Green Bay's releases its final injury report an hour before 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Look for rookie Zach Tom to draw his third career NFL start if either veteran can't give it a go. He was shaky in his first snaps of Week 8, but eventually settled in.

The Packers are slated as 3.5-point road favorites against the Lions, per FanDuel Sportsbook.

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