Packers rule out three against Washington; Jenkins cleared despite not practicing Friday
GREEN BAY − The Green Bay Packers have ruled out Randall Cobb, Christian Watson and Jake Hanson (biceps) from Sunday's game against the Washington Commanders. They should have offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins, who didn't practice Friday with the Packers as they entered their final day of preparation for the Washington Commanders.
Jenkins (knee) looks likely to play after not receiving an injury designation on Friday's injury report.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (thumb) practiced in a limited role Friday after being a full participant Thursday. In the locker room after practice, Rodgers was seen shaking out his right thumb.
Jenkins practiced Wednesday and Thursday, albeit in a limited fashion. The Packers haven't hesitated from giving their recovering offensive linemen rest days this season, although it's unclear if this was the case for Jenkins.
There have been questions around the Packers this week about whether to move Jenkins back to his old left guard position and put Yosh Nijman at right tackle. Jenkins has played at right tackle since David Bakhtiari returned to his left tackle position, which Nijman filled while Bakhtiari recovered from an ACL tear. Coach Matt LaFleur was evasive on the decision when meeting with media Friday, saying, "maybe," when asked if he knew who his starting five offensive linemen would be Sunday.
"We're still, I think everything's, until we kick off, we're always up for whatever we think is gonna give us the best opportunity to win. But I'll just leave it at that," LaFleur said.
Another decision that will have to be made surrounds receiver Sammy Watkins. The veteran is technically still on injured reserve (hamstring) but is out of the four-week window he must remain there and has practiced all week, doing so again Friday. He is eligible to be elevated back to the active roster, as early as Saturday, to possibly play Sunday.
As to whether that will happen, LaFleur said, "it's kinda up in the air right now, I would say. He's gotten through practice the last couple of days. So we'll see how he responds. Certainly I think we'd like to get him out there but at the same time, you don't want to put a guy at further risk."
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Watson (hamstring) took part in stretch Friday, as he has done all week, but stayed inside when the team exited to Clark Hinkle field for team drills and practice.
Running back Kylin Hill is still on the physically unable to perform list, as he rehabs his ACL tear, but has practiced all week. He is in the 21-day window to be elevated and could be placed back on the active roster at any time. That doesn't mean he will play Sunday against Washington, but it's possible.
"Anybody that's out there practicing on a regular basis, you don't want to totally shut the door on that," LaFleur said. "(Kylin's) done everything we've asked him to do, but there is, he's coming off a big injury and we want to make sure it's right for everybody."
Others not practicing on Friday were Cobb (ankle) and Hanson (biceps). Linebackers Tipa Galeai (hamstring) and Kyrs Barnes remain on injured reserve.
In Washington, the Commanders will be without five, ruling out the following: quarterback Carson Wentz (finger), running back Jonathan Williams (knee), tight end Logan Thomas (calf), corner William Jackson III (back) and receiver Dyami Brown (groin).
Tight end John Bates (hamstring), tackle Sam Cosmi (finger) and receiver Jahan Dotson (hamstring) are all considered questionable.