Elgton Jenkins injury revealed ahead of Packers’ matchup vs. 49ers
With David Bakhtiari starting the year on injured reserve, the Green Bay Packers were already really thin on the offensive line. Now, left tackle Elgton Jenkins is dealing with an ankle injury that could cause him to miss Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Per ProFootballTalk, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur is giving Jenkins all week to try and get right.
“We’re going to give him the full week to prove he can play,” LaFleur said. “If he can go out there and feel confident playing on it, then we’ll let him go.”
Jenkins suffered an ankle injury against the Detroit Lions in Week 2 that wasn’t recognized until he wasn’t on the field for practice on Wednesday. It’s left the Packers in scramble mode if he is deemed to be out for this Sunday’s contest.
Jenkins is as versatile as it gets and can play all five positions on the offensive line phenomenally. Green Bay is having him play left tackle to start the year, Bakhtiari’s normal spot. Once Bakhtiari returns, it’s likely that Jenkins slides back over to the guard spot.
It’s a Packers team that is already starting two rookie offensive lineman in Josh Myers and Royce Newman. If Jenkins were to miss any time at all, the process becomes that much more difficult for Green Bay.
The 49ers have been in demon mode to start the year up front on the defensive line and it starts with Joey Bosa. After missing last year, Bosa has piled up three sacks in the first two weeks for San Francisco. With or without Jenkins, the Packers could have their hands full on Sunday night.