August 11, 2022

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Packers rule out WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling for…

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Packers rule out WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling for...

GREEN BAY – The Packers will be without receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Green Bay officially ruled out Valdes-Scantling on Friday, while also listing starting offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins (ankle) and cornerback Kevin King (concussion) as doubtful to play against the Steelers.

Meanwhile, linebacker Krys Barnes (concussion), safety Vernon Scott (hamstring) and defensive lineman Jack Heflin (ankle) are all questionable for Sunday. Heflin was added to the injury report after Friday’s practice.

Valdes-Scantling, King and Jenkins did not practice this week. King and Jenkins were inactive during last Sunday’s 30-28 win over San Francisco, while Valdes-Scantling caught three passes for 59 yards before tweaking his hamstring in the fourth quarter.

Without Valdes-Scantling, veterans Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard, rookie third-round pick Amari Rodgers and reserve Malik Taylor could all see a bump in playing time against Pittsburgh.

“Our whole room’s ready,” said Lazard on Thursday about the possibility of not having Valdes-Scantling against Pittsburgh.

“It’s for anyone and everyone to go out there and be able to play any position at any given time no matter what the situation is, no matter what the score is. At the end of the day, if you’re put out there on the field, you’re trusted and you’re held to a standard of being able to go out there and to do your job.”

Barnes left after sustaining a concussion on Sunday. He sat out of practice Wednesday before returning for Thursday’s half-padded session. He was a limited participant on Friday.

Running backs Aaron Jones (ankle) and AJ Dillon (Back), and center Josh Myers (finger) didn’t receive a game status and are expected to play against Pittsburgh.

The Steelers have ruled out defensive tackle Carlo Davis (knee), offensive linemen Chukwuma Okorafor (concussion) and offensive lineman Rashaad Coward (ankle), and listed receiver Chase Claypool (hamstring) as questionable.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral), linebackers T.J. Watt (groin) and Alex Highsmith (groin), and receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) and receiver Diontae Johnson (knee) were all removed from the injury report and are expected to play.