Green Bay’s injury report is comprised of Quay Walker, who is dealing with a concussion, and Aaron Jones, who is dealing with a hamstring injury. The latter of which is a much more impactful loss for the Packers.
Much like Arthur Smith’s offense runs through Bijan Robinson and Tyler Allgeier, Matt LaFleur’s offense runs through Aaron Jones. If he can’t go, it’ll be a tremendous loss for Green Bay.
The Falcons are also banged up. Cordarrelle Patterson missed Week 1’s contest against the Bears as he deals with a thigh injury. However, he was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice.
There’s a new name on the injury report as well — Troy Andersen. Arthur Smith told reporters that he came in earlier in the week and wasn’t feeling “quite right,” prompting the Falcons to put him in concussion protocol.
Atlanta’s lack of depth at the linebacker position is concerning. Without Andersen, Tae Davis or Nate Landman will likely get the nod. Hopefully, that’s not the case.
The one that is on the rocks is Jeff Okudah, who is dealing with an ankle injury and participated in Wednesday’s practice in a limited capacity. Patterson is trending to be available on Sunday, and I feel good about Andersen’s chances. However, Okudah is a total mystery.
On whether or not he’ll play this weekend, Okudah said this via ESPN’s Michael Rothstein: “The plan was really not to think about Sunday. It was just to take it one day at a time and if we get to Sunday, we get to Sunday. If we don’t, we don’t. We just didn’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.”
Jeff Okudah is very noncommittal. That makes me think his chances are less than 50%. The Packers are a much more effective offense than the Panthers, so his presence is more critical in Week 2.
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