The Green Bay Packers have long awaited the return of three key players and on Sunday, they received just that.
Per head coach Matt LaFleur, Pro Bowl offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins, TE1 Robert Tonyan, and rookie second-rounder Christian Watson were all removed from the PUP list on Sunday. Meaning, all three are cleared to practice.
“We’ll get Elgton [Jenkins] back today, we’ll got Bobby Tonyan back today, and we’ll get Christian back today,” LaFleur told reporters Sunday.
It’s a huge boost for the Packers. Jenkins is a key piece on the starting offensive line and his versatility will really help the team figure out what to do until David Bakhtiari returns from his ACL recovery. Tonyan is the team’s top tight end and a major red zone threat and Watson is an athletic freak who is supposed to hold down the Packers receiving room for the foreseeable future.
All three will now the reserve/PUP list and they have a realistic chance to play Week 1. However, it’s not guaranteed and LaFleur made sure to mention that Sunday.
“Now, I say that [because] it’s the next step in the process,” said LaFleur. “It’s not like they’re going to be out there in team drills, but they’ll be in some individual [drills]. With them being back, it now allows you to do some walkthroughs; which is going to be, obviously very beneficial, especially for a guy that hasn’t played in the NFL like Christian.
“So it’ll be great to get him out there for some walkthroughs.”
Regardless, the Packers are starting to get healthy just in time for the regular season.
You can check out LaFleur’s full presser, below:
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