The Green Bay Packers’ offensive line is getting a major test of its depth in the opening game against the Minnesota Vikings. Three members of the line are down with injuries, two suffered during the game, leaving the team with just six healthy players for the remainder of the game.
Billy Turner is inactive for today’s game, while backup interior lineman Lucas Patrick, who started the game at left guard, left in the first half. Now starting right guard Lane Taylor is out for the game, suffering an apparent knee injury early in the fourth quarter. Taylor was heard screaming on the field after suffering his injury.
The Packers will insert rookie sixth-round pick Jon Runyan, Jr. in Taylor’s position at right guard. With the injuries, the Packers now have just one backup offensive linemen left on the bench in second-year tackle Yosh Nijman.
The starting line on Sunday consisted of David Bakhtiari, Patrick, Corey Linsley, Taylor, and Elgton Jenkins from left to right. Now the team will finish out the game with Bakhtiari, Jenkins, Linsley, Runyan, and Rick Wagner in that order.
Taylor took a pay cut this summer to return to Green Bay and compete for a starting job. He won the right guard job in camp.