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Green Bay Packers Expecting Key Reinforcements Soon?

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Could the Green Bay Packers be on the verge of some key players returning to action?

 

The Green Bay Packers got some unfortunate news on Thursday when NT Kenny Clark was placed on the Reserve/COVID list.

While that sucks for the team heading into its game on Sunday in Baltimore and we wish Kenny the best and a speedy recovery, the team may be getting some other key players back sooner (or even at all) than previously expected.

LT David Bakhtiari practiced for a second consecutive day, which is a HUGE step forward as Bakh tries to work his way back onto the field. CB Jaire Alexander also continues to practice during his 21-day window after being designated to return last week – the Green Bay Packers have another week to add Jaire back to the 53-man Active Roster.

However, the real big news out of Thursday’s practice are the players sighted doing rehab work.

First off, rookie C Josh Myers was sighted jogging on the sideline, his first work in the facility since he went on IR following his knee injury in Week 6 at Chicago

Coach LaFleur has provided such short and minimal updates on Myers, reporters have basically stopped asking about his potential return in recent weeks. Getting Myers back would be a HUGE boost for the Green Bay Packers offense, especially with QB Aaron Rodgers playing through his fractured toe.

Also sighted doing work was WR Randall Cobb, which is extremely surprising given he underwent core-muscle surgery following the Packers’ Week 12 win over the Rams.

The Green Bay Packers would be ecstatic to get Cobb back after undergoing this operation as previous players (see Allen Lazard in 2020) have taken anywhere from 6-8 weeks to return post-op. This is still preliminary work for Cobb, who has 2 more weeks on IR before being eligible for designation to return.

Also, TE Dominique Dafney, WR Equanimeous St. Brown, and RT Billy Turner were all sighted in the rehab area. Each being there is a great sign moving forward.

Turner in particular is a good sign as his injury was gruesome and looked like he was all but certainly lost for the season and most of 2022 with a torn ACL. Having OT Dennis Kelly ready to go was a godsend for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but getting Turner back would be absolutely paramount for the team’s Super Bowl hopes.

Dafney did some work yesterday so it was good to see him in the facilities again. And it’s always a good sign for a player with a concussion to be in the building as EQ was today, as that’s a sign he’s starting to move through the protocol.

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