On the Green Bay Packers’ final injury report of the week, the Packers listed outside linebacker Rashan Gary, inside linebacker Quay Walker and cornerback Jaire Alexander as questionable for the team’s upcoming game against the Los Angeles Chargers. The only player with a doubtful designation is safety Rudy Ford, and no players have been officially ruled out versus Los Angeles.
Gary’s injury is new, which might be a little concerning to Packers fans. According to head coach Matt LaFleur, there was a “mishap” in practice that led to Gary’s shoulder injury on Friday. In LaFleur’s words, it’s “not major” in the context of a long-term injury. If Gary can’t go on Sunday, expect the three-man rotation of Preston Smith, Kingsley Enagbare and Lukas Van Ness to see an increased amount of snaps on the edges.
Walker is battling back from a groin injury while Alexander is dealing with a shoulder. It seems likely that both will play this week, as they’ve both been on the field for multiple practices leading up to the Chargers game. If for whatever reason they don’t play, though, Walker would be replaced by Isaiah McDuffie, who has made five starts this season, and Alexander would be replaced by Corey Ballentine, who has played 145 defensive snaps for the Packers this year.
With Ford missing all three practices this week due to his biceps injury, it looks like Anthony Johnson Jr. is going to make his second career start in the NFL this week. Johnson has only played more than six defensive snaps in a single NFL game so far. That game came against the Los Angeles Rams two weeks ago, when the Packers faced off against backup quarterback Brett Rypien — who has since been released by the Rams entirely. This will be the first real test in Johnson’s career.
As a reminder, the Packers are already down their other preferred starting safety, Darnell Savage, who is on the injured reserve.