Article Title: Green Bay Packers Left Tackle Elgton Jenkins Sprains MCL, Might Miss Games
In Week 2 of the NFL season, the Green Bay Packers faced the Atlanta Falcons without their starting left tackle. Unfortunately, they may also be without their starting left guard for several games moving forward. Elgton Jenkins, the offensive lineman, recently revealed that he sprained his MCL during the second quarter of the game. This injury occurred to the same knee in which Jenkins tore his ACL two seasons ago. In this article, we will discuss the nature of MCL sprains and their history, as well as the potential impact on Jenkins’ availability for upcoming games.
Jenkins’ Remarks on the Injury
During a media interview on September 18, Elgton Jenkins spoke about his knee injury. He mentioned that he felt it was more than just bad luck and suggested that the artificial turf at Mercedes-Benz Stadium could have contributed to the injury. Jenkins described how his foot got caught in the ground, and the turf didn’t provide enough give, leading to the unfortunate incident. However, he acknowledged that these things happen in football and accepted it as part of the game.
Likely Absence and Recovery Time
While neither Jenkins nor the team specified how much time he will miss, it is expected that he will be out for multiple weeks. Given the history of serious injury to the knee in question, the Packers are likely to proceed with extreme caution. A study conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 2021 evaluated professional soccer players who suffered MCL injuries, with eight of them requiring surgery. The average time missed among these athletes was 33 days. Considering Jenkins’ recent contract extension worth $68 million, the team will prioritize his long-term health and recovery.
David Bakhtiari’s Knee Injury
In addition to Jenkins’ injury, it was revealed that left tackle David Bakhtiari missed the Packers’ game against the Falcons due to a knee issue of his own. Head coach Matt LaFleur confirmed the presence of swelling in Bakhtiari’s knee leading up to the game. LaFleur dismissed any connection between Bakhtiari’s absence and the turf, stating that even if the game was on grass, Bakhtiari would not have played due to his knee injury. This situation raises questions about Bakhtiari’s availability for future games, including the upcoming match against the New Orleans Saints.
In Jenkins’ absence, Royce Newman replaced him during the game against the Falcons. It is likely that Newman will continue to fill in at the left guard position in the upcoming games as well. As for Bakhtiari’s position at left tackle, Rasheed Walker stepped in during the Falcons game. The team will evaluate his performance and make a decision accordingly.
The Green Bay Packers have suffered significant blows to their offensive line with the injuries to Elgton Jenkins and David Bakhtiari. Jenkins’ sprained MCL and Bakhtiari’s knee issue have raised concerns about the team’s depth and potential long-term impact. While the exact timeline for their return is uncertain, it is clear that the Packers will need to rely on their replacements to maintain stability and protect their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. The team’s cautious approach to injuries and emphasis on player well-being is understandable, given both the financial investment in Jenkins and the importance of the offensive line to the success of the team.