The Green Bay Packers are shuffling their offensive line again this week due to injuries, with rookie guard Jon Runyan Jr. potentially making his first career start against his father’s old team.
It's nothing new for a versatile line that has protected its quarterback as effectively as just about any team in the league.
“We’ve been able to roll a lot of guys in on the offensive line, started a lot of combinations,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “That’s not necessarily ideal, but our guys have done a great job.”
The latest injury involves center Corey Linsley, who won’t play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles (3-7-1) after hurting his knee in a 41-25 victory over the Chicago Bears. When Linsley left the Bears game, Green Bay shifted left guard Elgton Jenkins to center and inserted Runyan at left guard.
Runyan’s father played for the Eagles from 2000-08 and is now the NFL’s vice president of policy and rules administration.
“It’s one of those games that I’m excited to get the opportunity to play in,” said Runyan, a sixth-round draft pick from Michigan. “Growing up, it’s a team that I always watched ever since I was like 3 years old and pretty much all the way up until last year.”
The Packers already lost guard Lane Taylor to a season-ending knee injury in their opener. Left tackle David Bakhtiari, an Associated Press All-Pro second-team selection last year, missed three games with a chest injury.
Yet the Packers have averaged a league-high 31.7 points per game while allowing only 12 sacks. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only NFL team to give up fewer sacks than the Packers this season. The Indianapolis Colts also have allowed only 12 sacks.