The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers kickoff their seasons at 1:25 PM PST, and while both teams are coming in quite healthy, the Packers will have the most notable absence. And it could lead to a longer day for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Green Bay right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) is OUT, meaning that Kyle Murphy will get the start. If Murphy struggles, then Jason Spriggs could get into the game as well. In a preseason game against Washington this year, Spriggs filled in at left tackle and allowed three sacks.
The absence of Bulaga could open up more opportunities for the Seahawks front-seven, which includes two Pro Bowl defensive ends, plus Frank Clark, who had 10 sacks last season. Seattle will need as much help as it can possibly get whilst playing in Lambeau, a place where they’ve lost by a combined 38 points in their last two trips dating back to 2015.
The Seahawks last win in Green Bay came in 1999, Mike Holmgren’s first season in Seattle after leaving the Packers.
On the Seahawks side, they will be without linebacker Micheal Wilhoite (calf) and running back Thomas Rawls (ankle). It’s unknown how Pete Carroll will split snaps among his three active running backs. Delano Hill (shoulder) was a game-time decision, and that decision was to have him inactive. Also inactive are J.D. McKissic, Tedric Thompson, Jordan Roos, and Isaiah Battle.
The Packers will be without Montravious Adams, Quinton Dial, Aaron Jones, Lenzy Pipkins, Lucas Patrick, and Josh Hawkins.