The worst-case scenario for the Green Bay Packers has arrived.
The Packers will be without three offensive tackles tonight when they take on the Atlanta Falcons. That group of inactive players unfortunately includes both starters: left tackle David Bakhtiari and right tackle Bryan Bulaga. Also inactive is reserve Jason Spriggs, who was ruled out on Friday.
The Packers will rely on a pair of young tackles to bookend the offensive line tonight in their place. Kyle Murphy, who started last week’s game in place of Bulaga, will suit up at one of the tackle spots — the team did not announce which one — and presumably undrafted rookie Adam Pankey will get the start on the opposite side. Pankey was called up to the 53-man roster this week.
Should one of those two players go down during the game, it is unknown who would step in for them. None of the other offensive linemen on the 53-man roster have played a snap in an NFL regular-season game at the tackle position.
The Falcons’ pass-rushers will presumably be licking their chops. Vic Beasley led the NFL with 15.5 sacks last season and will likely line up all over the field.
Joining the Packers’ tackles on the inactive report are linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who continues to work back from a concussion.
- DL Montravius Adams
- OT David Bakhtiari
- OLB Ahmad Brooks
- OT Bryan Bulaga
- RB Devante Mays
- CB Lenzy Pipkins
- OT Jason Spriggs
UPDATE: It appears that Justin McCray — not Pankey — will be starting tonight. Murphy warmed up at left tackle while McCray was working at right tackle with the starters.