GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Green Bay Packers center Josh Myers is set to play for the first time in over 2.5 months on Sunday in Detroit, while fellow offensive lineman David Bakhtiari’s availability remains uncertain.
Myers is still on the injured list after sustaining a knee injury Oct. 17 in Chicago, but Packers coach Matt LaFleur said on Friday he expected the Ohio State rookie second-round pick. would play in the regular season finale.
Bakhtiari was a full participant in Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable on the Packers’ injury report. The 2020 All-Pro left tackle has not played since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament on December 31, 2020.
“He just suffered a big injury,” said LaFleur. “We just want to make sure everything is 100 percent or as close to 100 percent as possible before we put it out there.”
Cornerback Jaire Alexander was activated from the COVID-19 roster and trained on a limited basis on Friday, but was ruled out for the Lions game. Alexander, a second All-Pro team in 2020, has not played since injuring his right shoulder on October 3.
The Packers will be hoping Bakhtiari and Alexander can contribute to the playoffs.
Because the Packers (13-3) have already clinched the NFC seed and the only pass in the first round, Sunday will be their last game until the weekend of Jan. 22-23. LaFleur continues to say that quarterback Aaron Rodgers and other top players will play against Detroit (2-13-1).
The Packers must also decide how to organize their offensive line as the players come back from injury.
Lucas Patrick has done well in replacing Myers, who had been the Packers’ starting center before getting injured. LaFleur said Myers “did an amazing job” and also praised Patrick’s performance. Patrick has experience at both guard posts.
“We always try to put the best combination of guys out there, especially when you’re talking about the offensive line,” said LaFleur. “I think Lucas did more than we could ever imagine. I think he’s playing at a very high level so it’s definitely in conversations trying to get the top five that gives us the best chances. to win. “
In other Packers injury news, defensive lineman Kingsley Keke (illness) was ruled out for Sunday’s game while linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (elbow) and running back Aaron Jones (knee) are questionable.