Packers rule out Lane Taylor; Elgton Jenkins to start at LG

G Lane Taylor and G Elgton Jenkins
G Lane Taylor and G Elgton Jenkins

GREEN BAY – Rookie Elgton Jenkins is poised to make his first NFL start on Sunday against Denver with the Packers ruling out left guard Lane Taylor with a biceps injury.

Jenkins, a second-round pick out of Mississippi State, rotated in for two series last week against Minnesota, playing 18 offensive snaps in the Packers’ 21-16 victory.

“I’m very excited. I’m ready to go out there and help the team, and showcase what I can do,” said Jenkins after practice. “I feel like (reps against Minnesota) was very helpful because I was able to get out there and see how the game, how the NFL is. Now, I see how that is. I just have to go out there and play full speed with effort.”

In addition to Taylor, Green Bay ruled out linebacker Oren Burks (chest) and listed defensive lineman Montravius Adams (shoulder) as doubtful.

Tight end Jimmy Graham (groin), linebacker Kyler Fackrell (shoulder), and receivers Jake Kumerow (shoulder) and Darrius Shepherd are all questionable to play the Broncos.

Graham didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, but returned in a limited capacity Friday. If Graham is given the green light against Denver, Head Coach Matt LaFleur expects his veteran tight end will be ready.

“He’s a pro and he’s locked in,” LaFleur said. “He’s getting his mental reps so it should be a seamless transition.”

If Shepherd is cleared, Sunday’s game would mark the undrafted rookie's NFL debut after he missed the first two games with a hamstring injury. Shepherd returned to practice last Friday and participated on a limited basis this week.

Special-teams coordinator Shawn Mennenga said Thursday Shepherd and cornerback Tremon Smith are the top two candidates to replace Trevor Davis on returns after the fourth-year receiver was traded to Oakland this week.

“I’m ready to go and excited to get out there,” said Shepherd on Thursday. “It was definitely frustrating getting injured but I knew that with that being the case I could only control what I could so I focused on getting healthy as soon as I could and be ready to go and stay in the playbook so when my opportunity came I’d be ready to play.”

Cornerback Ka’dar Hollman is also slated to make his NFL debut Sunday. The rookie sixth-round pick was cleared for contact in practice this week after sitting out of the Packers’ first two games with a neck injury.

Along with Hollman, the Packers removed 12 players from the injury report: linebackers Za’Darius Smith (ankle) and Blake Martinez (shoulder), defensive backs Darnell Savage (shin), Tramon Williams (rest), Kevin King (chest), and Will Redmond (ankle), defensive linemen Kenny Clark (calf) and Fadol Brown (knee), tackle Bryan Bulaga (rest), running back Jamaal Williams (ankle) and receiver Davante Adams, who didn’t practice Friday due to a personal matter.

Green Bay Packers

*The Packers conducted a walk-thru Wednesday; participation reports are estimates.

17 - WR Davante Adams
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Davante Adams, WR INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
NIR (personal) - - DNP -
90 - DL Montravius Adams
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Montravius Adams, DL INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Shoulder DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
98 - DL Fadol Brown
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Fadol Brown, DL INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Knee FP FP FP -
75 - T Bryan Bulaga
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Bryan Bulaga, T INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
NIR (veteran rest) LP FP FP -
42 - LB Oren Burks
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Oren Burks, LB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Chest LP DNP DNP Out
97 - DL Kenny Clark
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Kenny Clark, DL INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Calf FP FP FP -
51 - LB Kyler Fackrell
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Kyler Fackrell, LB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable
80 - TE Jimmy Graham
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Jimmy Graham, TE INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Groin DNP DNP LP Questionable
29 - CB Ka'Dar Hollman
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Ka'dar Hollman, CB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Neck FP FP FP -
20 - CB Kevin King
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Kevin King, CB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Chest FP FP FP -
16 - WR Jake Kumerow
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Jake Kumerow, WR INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Shoulder DNP LP LP Questionable
50 - LB Blake Martinez
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Blake Martinez, LB INJURY MON THUR FRI STATUS
Shoulder LP LP LP -
25 - S Will Redmond
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Will Redmond, S INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Ankle FP FP FP -
26 - S Darnell Savage
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Darnell Savage, S INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Shin LP FP FP -
10 - WR Darrius Shepherd
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Darrius Shepherd, WR INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Hamstring LP LP LP Questionable
55 - LB Za'Darius Smith
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Za'Darius Smith, LB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Ankle FP FP FP -
65 - G Lane Taylor
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Lane Taylor, G INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Biceps - LP DNP Out
30 - RB Jamaal Williams
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Jamaal Williams, RB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Ankle - LP FP
38 - CB Tramon Williams
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Tramon Williams, CB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
NIR (veteran rest) LP FP FP

Denver Broncos

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Player, Pos. INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Bryce Callahan, CB Foot LP LP LP Questionable
Todd Davis, ILB Calf FP FP FP Questionable
Ja'Wuan James, T Knee DNP DNP DNP Out
Andy Janovich, FB Pectoral LP LP LP Out
Joseph Jones, ILB Triceps LP LP LP Out
Ron Leary, G Not Injury Related DNP DNP FP -
Emmanuel Sanders, WR Not Injury Related LP FP LP -
Courtland Sutton, WR Ribs - DNP FP -

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