When Jordan Love starts his first regular season game for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, he will have the services of the team’s top deep threat receiver. On Saturday, the Packers activated Marquez Valdes-Scantling off injured reserve and back onto the active roster, making him eligible to play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Valdes-Scantling has missed all but the first three games of the 2021 season with a hamstring injury, which he suffered during the Packers’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers. He caught three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in that game and has a total of six receptions for 76 yards this season.
In his only other game against the Chiefs, which came back in 2019, Valdes-Scantling was a non-factor. He caught one of two targets for four yards in the Packers' week 8 win that season.
Joining MVS on the active roster for Sunday is Blake Bortles, whom the Packers just signed to the practice squad this week. Bortles was added to ensure that the Packers would have a backup for Jordan Love, as starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers and third stringer Kurt Benkert are sidelined woth positive COVID-19 tests.
Bortles was added to the practice squad this week but will get an elevation as an emergency COVID-19 replacement.
Notably, the Packers did not activate ekeft tackle David Bakhtiari from the PUP list on Saturday. That means he will have to wait one more week before making his season debut, and the team must add him back to the 53 man roster by Wednesday or shut him down for the rest of the 2021 season.
Stay tuned on Sunday afternoon to find out which players are inactive for the Packers and Chiefs.