When it rains, it pours. It is indeed pouring on the Green Bay Packers at the offensive tackle position this season.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Packers announced that offensive tackle Kyle Murphy has been placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. Murphy started and played every snap of the team’s first three games this season, playing right tackle in the opener against Seattle and left tackle in weeks two and three. Murphy now joins Jason Spriggs, his fellow 2016 draft pick, on IR, as the Packers’ top two backups at the position are on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
This opens up a roster spot for Ulrick John, an offensive tackle whom the Packers signed off the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad. That transaction was first reported on Monday evening but was also made official in the team’s Tuesday press release.
The Packers are still uncertain whether they will have either of their preferred starting offensive tackles this week as well. On Monday’s injury report, left tackle David Bakhtiari was estimated as a limited participant while right tackle Bryan Bulaga — who re-aggravated his ankle injury in the week three game against Cincinnati — was estimated to be a non-participant (the Packers did not actually practice on Monday). Stay tuned for today’s injury report later this afternoon for more updates on whether and how much those two players are able to practice.
If they would be forced to miss this week’s Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears, the Packers would have just three possible options at the position: first-year player Justin McCray, who started in week two at right tackle, undrafted rookie Adam Pankey, who played some left tackle in training camp, and the newly-acquired John, who has started a handful of games on the right side for the Cardinals.