GREEN BAY – The Packers have removed starting tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga (concussion) from the injury report, but added center Corey Linsley with a back injury.
While Bakhtiari and Bulaga should be suited up against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Linsley has been listed as questionable. Meanwhile, left guard Lane Taylor is doubtful to play after injuring his ankle last Sunday in Minnesota.
The Packers have ruled out safety Morgan Burnett (quad), linebackers Ahmad Brooks (back) and Joe Thomas (ankle). Joining Linsley as questionable are cornerbacks Davon House (quad) and Damarious Randall (hamstring).
Bakhtiari returned to the field last Sunday in Minnesota for the first time since the Packers' season-opener against Seattle. He played 34 snaps before exiting in the second half.
Despite his early exit, Bakhtiari practiced Wednesday and Thursday in a limited capacity and was optimistic when asked this week about the possibility of blocking for new Packers starting quarterback Brett Hundley.
“Every week has been stressful for me being out,” Bakhtiari said. “I haven’t been a guy who likes to sit out or sustain injuries. But for a guy like Brett, I do take it somewhat personally that he can go out there and be as comfortable as possible. It’s going to be his first start and true first start-to-finish action. I want to make sure he’s as comfortable as possible. That would be not only having myself, but having all of us out there.”
Along with Bakhtiari and Bulaga, the Packers removed cornerbacks Kevin King (concussion) and Lenzy Pipkins (concussion), defensive tackle Quinton Dial (chest), linebacker Nick Perry (hand/knee), and running back Ty Montgomery (ribs) from the injury report. All five should be available to play against the Saints.
King’s return will be welcome, especially with uncertainty regarding the availability of House and Randall.
“It’s kind of hard being a person who has to go through it because of course you want to get out there,” said King earlier this week. “You feel like you’re good but the bigger picture of things, it’s good having those guys that really look out for you the way they do and are really adamant about not letting you get out on that field unless you’re healthy.
“So they’re just looking out for the well-being of us as players and so I appreciate that and I respect that.”
Both players on the Saints’ injury report – tackle Terron Armstead (shoulder) and receiver Willie Snead (hamstring) – are questionable.