The injury bug isn't waiting until after Week 1 to make an impact in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers will be without both of their starting offensive tackles against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. David Bakhtiari is nursing a knee injury and Elgton Jenkins is recovering from a pectoral/knee injury as well.
David Bakhtiari Injury Update
Elgton Jenkins Injury Update
Both players were listed as questionable on Green Bay's final injury report on Friday. Of course, Bakhtiari has played in only one game since suffering his current knee issue in December of 2020. Jenkins initially suffered his knee injury in a Week 11 game against the Vikings last season.
The Packers' offensive line in Week 1 should look similar to what the team put out during preseason games. Yosh Nijman will start at left tackle and Royce Newman will start at right tackle. They will be joined by Jon Runyan Jr., Josh Myers and Jake Hanson in what is an inexperienced group of linemen.
It's worth noting the Vikings posted the second-most sacks in the NFL last year (51.0). Protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be of the utmost importance on Sunday. Nijman draws the task of looking out for his blindside after allowing 3.0 sacks across 590 snaps played along the OL in 2021.
Green Bay will also be without its top wide receiver against Minnesota as Allen Lazard remains sidelined with an ankle injury. Juwann Winfree was called up from the practice squad to take his place on the active roster.
The Packers are slated as 1.5-point underdogs against the Vikings with odds set at +104 on the moneyline, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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