In the post-practice presser on Friday, Green Bay Packers head coach broke the news that wide receiver Marquez Valdes Scantling, who sustained a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, was officially ruled out of the team’s Week 4 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The tough news kept rolling as LaFleur stated that cornerback Kevin King (concussion) and temporary left tackle Elgton Jenkins (ankle) were to be listed as doubtful going into the weekend.
LaFleur spoke on Jenkins’ status, stating he was hopeful that he would be ready for Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals, which doesn’t give much optimism for those rooting for Jenkins to suit up against the Steelers. Should King and Jenkins miss games, like last week, expect rookie Eric Stokes to start at corner (maybe even if King is healthy) while Yosh Nijman would make his second NFL start at left tackle.
The Packers later released their full injury report, which also listed safety Vernon Scott (hamstring), inside linebacker Krys Barnes (concussion), and defensive lineman Jack Heflin (ankle) as questionable.
Scott has been dealing with his hamstring issue since the preseason, making him one of two Packers on the 53-man roster who has not seen the field this regular season. The other is pass-rusher La’Darius Hamilton, who was picked up from the Buccaneers’ practice squad when Za’Darius Smith was placed on the injured reserve list.
Barnes, Green Bay’s starting inside linebacker next to De’Vondre Campbell, sustained a concussion in last week’s game but was a limited participant in both the Thursday and Friday practices. Should Barnes not play, it’s likely that Ty Summers will start in place of him with former college safety Oren Burks rotating in the lineup in passing situations.
Heflin, who saw his first NFL regular-season action last week as a special teamer, was a limited participant on Friday after practicing fully throughout the week.
The Steelers, on the other hand, have been receiving nothing but good news on the injury front. Pass-rushers T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith, who missed Week 3, have been cleared from their groin injuries and will play. Wide receivers Diontae Johnson (knee) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) also got the nod for the game.
Pittsburgh has ruled out OL Rashaad Coward (ankle), OL Chukwuma Okorafor (concussion), and DT Carlos Davis (knee) for their trip to Green Bay. While Coward and Davis have not been contributors for the Steelers this season, Okorafor started Pittsburgh’s first three games of the season at right tackle, meaning that Joe Haeg will likely step in as their replacement bookend. The only Steeler listed as questionable or doubtful for the game is wide receiver Chase Claypool who is dealing with a hamstring injury that led to limited participation on Thursday’s practice and kept him from practicing on Friday.