Note To Self: Don’t Freak Out About Elgton Jenkins
If you were to think about worst-case scenarios for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Elgton Jenkins not being able to play would be one of them. Jenkins is one of the best players on the Packers period. It’s not the best offensive lineman or best offensive player. He’s one of the very best. But Jenkins has an ankle injury and missed practice on Wednesday. Matt LaFleur said they’re giving Jenkins the full week to recover. That sounds ominous. I hope Jenkins is alright and I’m going to remind myself few times that it is only midweek and a lot can change with injuries. That said, this is a bad spot to be in if you’re the Green Bay Packers.
LT Elgton Jenkins has an ankle injury. Packers will give him the full week to recover before they determine his status for Sunday vs. 49ers.
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) September 22, 2021
Let’s play this out if Jenkins is hurt. I don’t want to live in that world, but let’s go with it. Dennis Kelly is your left tackle, I believe. More so than Billy Turner. While Billy is a good right tackle, he struggles on the blindside. I don’t think that’s the spot for him. You could see if Jenkins wants to move back to left guard. This would be a tough break for Jon Runyan who looked really good last week. But Jenkins pushing in would limit that exposure to his ankle.
If Jenkins’ ankle is not ready by Saturday, they should not push it. It’s Week 3 of the season. I know it’s a big game. I know that many eyeballs will be on it, but at the end of the day, it’s better to have Jenkins healthy for the full season, even if that has to mean the Packers are playing short-handed for a game.