JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Packers LT David Bakhtiari, who was added to the injury report on Saturday as questionable with a back issue, is active and expected to start today vs. Jacksonville after all.
The Packers were already going to start a new LG in Lane Taylor, who is taking over for the departed Josh Sitton, so it’s very good news that Bakhtiari is good to go.
Also for Green Bay, WR Jeff Janis is active despite needing to wear a club cast on his broken hand. Most likely, Janis will only play special teams as a punt gunner and only be used as a receiver in an emergency, but that remains to be seen.
In a surprising development on the Jagaurs’ side, RB Chris Ivory is inactive after reportedly being taken to the hospital for a medical issue. T.J. Yeldon will start at RB for Jacksonville.
Weather update: The forecast for Jacksonville hasn’t changed. The kickoff temperature at 1 p.m. ET is expected to be 91 degrees, and temperatures are expected to remain in the low 90s throughout the game, with the heat index in the upper 90s.
If the kickoff temperature is above 90, it would mark the third-hottest game in team history. For more on that, check out this week’s “One Last Look.”
Catching up: If you’re just tuning back in to the Packers after the long offseason, you might like this little primer on the Top 10 news flashes to get you ready for 2016.
Around the NFC North: The Packers are opening a season against an AFC opponent for the first time since 2000, and in a bit of scheduling consistency, the entire NFC North is opening on the road against a foe from the AFC South. Minnesota is at Tennessee, Chicago is at Houston and Detroit is at Indianapolis. The Vikings and Bears are playing at the same time as the Packers, while the Lions play later this afternoon.
TV map: Here is the updated TV map for the FOX early game, courtesy of 506sports.com