The bad news just keeps coming for the Green Bay Packers on the injury front. Earlier today reports revealed that rookie linebacker Kamal Martin underwent knee surgery that will keep him out several weeks. Now it appears that one of the likely starters on the Packers’ offensive line will be in question for the season opener as well.
That player is Billy Turner, who seemed likely to be the team’s choice to start at right tackle to start the season. Turner missed practice on Wednesday and following that practice ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported that he suffered a knee injury in the team’s scrimmage on Sunday. Demovsky’s source adds that Turner “will miss some time,” putting his availability in question for week one against the Minnesota Vikings a week from Sunday.
Turner had been working at both right guard and right tackle early in camp, rotating through with Lane Taylor and Rick Wagner at the two respective positions. Taylor’s strong camp seemingly puts him in position to start at guard, where Turner appeared to have the upper hand due to Wagner missing some practices last week. However, this injury may pave the way for Wagner to take the reins in week one.
Head coach Matt LaFleur indicated earlier this week that the competition on the line would go on all season long, so a week one starting job does not necessarily mean that a player will keep that job throughout the season. However, Wagner now seems to be in line to get the first game reps at tackle, depending on how long Turner will need to sit out.