The Green Bay Packers are dealing with a lot of issues along their offensive line. The team knew there were some risks associated with players on the unit and unfortunately, Green Bay hasn’t caught any breaks in that regard.
Injuries were a major concern for the group and yet another one has to be navigated. It has been revealed that right guard Jon Runyan Jr. was battling an ankle injury in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions.
It was certainly encouraging to see Runyan out there fighting through an ankle injury for the team, but his performance was negatively impacted by the injury. He registered an ugly 49.2 pass-blocking grade, which was the second-lowest on the team, and a 57.0 run-blocking grade.
Runyan’s overall grade of 55.5 was the fifth-worst on the offensive side of the ball for the Packers against the Lions. To make matters worse, the injury that Runyan is dealing with is bad enough that he was in a walking boot after the game.
He isn’t dealing with a dreaded high-ankle sprain, which is certainly good news. But, being in a boot is a little bit concerning. Rob Demovsky of ESPN provided an update on the situation, as Runyan is hopeful he can be on the field in Week 5 against the Las Vegas Raiders.
The starting right guard, Runyan could be the third starter sidelined for the Packers along the offensive line. Left tackle David Bakhtiari played in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears but that could be the last time we see him this season because of a knee injury.
Left guard Elgton Jenkins injured his knee in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons and hasn’t been back in the lineup since. Those two are the team’s best players along the offensive line and replacing them has proven difficult.
If Matt LaFleur and his staff have to replace a third starter, things could get ugly. Green Bay is coming off of their worst blocking performance of the season against the Lions and cannot afford to be without any more of their regulars.