Lane Taylor’s knee injury appears to be just as severe as the Green Bay Packers initially feared. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Taylor’s injury will require surgery and he will likely be done for the season. Head coach Matt LaFleur confirmed as much in his Zoom videoconference with the media on Monday afternoon.
Taylor, a former undrafted free agent now in his eighth NFL season, has now suffered his second season-ending injury in as many years. He tore his biceps in practice last season and only played two games, paving the way for Elgton Jenkins to step in at left guard.
Labeled an offseason cut candidate, Taylor battled back from injury and took a pay cut to stay with the Packers. He fought hard through training camp and earned the Packers’ starting right guard spot, a job the Packers will now have to fill.
With Lucas Patrick reportedly set to go for next Sunday, the Packers do have an apparent replacement for Taylor at the ready. Unfortunately, that they have to fill the spot at all means that one of the best early storylines of the 2020 Packers season has already come to an end.