ATLANTA -- Aaron Rodgers will have a second-year pro who has made one NFL start and an undrafted rookie who was on the practice squad last week as his starting offensive tackles on Sunday night against the Atlanta Falcons.
That’s expected to be Kyle Murphy, who made his first NFL start a week ago at right tackle, and Justin McCray, who played only on special teams last week; last week after veteran left tackle David Bakhtiari and right tackle Bryan Bulaga were ruled out. McCray had spent time on Tennessee's practice squad in 2014, but when he made the Green Bay Packers' roster coming out of training camp, it was his first time on a 53-man roster. However, he played almost exclusively on the interior of the line this summer, splitting time between guard and center.
Murphy warmed up at left tackle and McCray at right during the pregame work.
Bulaga was out for the second straight week because of the ankle injury he sustained in an Aug. 23 training camp practice, while Bakhtiari was scratched because of a hamstring injury he sustained late in last Sunday’s opener against the Seattle Seahawks. Both were listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. Bakhtiari went through a pregame workout on the field. Bulaga also dealt with the stomach flu during the week and was not seen on the field during any pregame workouts.
Bakhtiari and Bulaga have a combined 138 regular-season starts, or 137 more than Murphy and Pankey combined.
Pankey, an undrafted free agent from West Virginia, was promoted to the active roster on Wednesday. Another backup tackle, Jason Spriggs, is out with a hamstring injury, while veteran backup Don Barclay is on injured reserve because of a preseason ankle injury.
The only two backup offensive linemen the Packers had active were Lucas Patrick, who was inactive last week and spent all of last year on the practice squad, and Adam Pankey, who didn’t even make the Packers’ initial 53-man roster.