Despite the unusual circumstances, the 2020 Packers season will begin on time with a week one matchup at the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers are coming into the 2020 season relatively healthy for the most part. With there only being training camp and no preseason games, the chance for the heartbreaking preseason injury was limited compared to previous years.
The biggest name on the injury report was starting right tackle Billy Tuner. He is dealing with a knee injury and is doubtful for week 1. With Lane Taylor’s strong camp, he won the starting right guard job. That moved Billy Turner to right tackle. If he is unable to go on Sunday, look for Rick Wagner to start in his place. When the Packers signed Wagner this offseason, it was expected he would be the teams starting right tackle since Bryan Bulaga signed with the Chargers. The difference between Wagner and Turner is probably marginal at best. With the Vikings losing Danielle Hunter for the foreseeable future, this task looks a lot less daunting.
Safety Raven Greene has been a limited participant all week at practice. He will be questionable on Sunday with a quad issue. His injury has added significance due to rookie ILB Kamaal Martin being place on IR. Inside linebacker is not strength of the Packers defense, and Raven Greene often serves as the team’s hybrid ILB.
Another ILB that is unfortunately a frequent visitor on the injury report is Oren Burks. Since the Packers took Burks in the third round in 2018, he hasn’t been consistently healthy. With Blake Martinez signing with the Giants, ILB has become a bigger weakness than it normally is. According to Rob Demovsky’s Friday injury report, Burks should be good to go on Sunday.
The biggest threat the Vikings offense has is running back Dalvin Cook. We all know how the Packers struggled against the run in 2019. The Packers will probably have to try and slow down Cook without one of their rotational defensive lineman, Montravious Adams. He is doubtful with a toe injury. Adams isn’t a marquee player, but keeping those defensive linemen fresh could go a long way in stopping the Vikings run game.
It’s hard to complain about the Packers health going into week 1. Added depth on the offensive line this year, no fans at U.S. Bank Stadium, and no Danielle Hunter makes the task a little less difficult. It’s still a divisional road game, so anything can happen.