Packers QB Aaron Rodgers facing major offensive line adversity vs. 49ers
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will face a tough challenge against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football. Not only is starting left tackle David Bakhtiari still out as he recovers from a torn ACL, but backup Elgton Jenkins is also out because of an ankle injury.
That means third-string left tackle Yosh Nijman could be in line to start, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky also recently noted that starting right tackle Billy Turner could move over to the left side, with backup Dennis Kelly then starting at right tackle. The Packers don’t want to start Kelly at left tackle because he doesn’t have much experience on the left side.
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This is certainly a predicament going up against Nick Bosa and the 49ers’ stellar defensive unit. Bosa is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL and already has three sacks in two games for 2-0 San Francisco. There are other issues on the line as well:
If Yosh Nijman starts at left tackle, and we assume Jon Runyan and rookies Josh Myers and Royce Newman also start, the Packers will go into Sunday night against the 49ers with four starting offensive linemen without a true road start in the NFL.
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) September 26, 2021
Green Bay is 1-1 on the 2021 season, which is happening in the wake of all the Rodgers offseason drama. The Packers were stomped by the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 before bouncing back against the lowly Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. The 49ers were going to be a tough test no matter what, but it’s going to be even more difficult with the offensive line in trouble.