Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend
Big loss for thePackers
Green Bay loses offensive line anchor David Bakhtiari for the season.
Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari will miss the rest of the season after the three- time Pro Bowl selection injured his knee in practice Thursday.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur confirmed the severity of the injury Friday. The injury comes six weeks after the standout left tackle agreed to terms on a fouryear contract worth up to $ 105.5 million with a $ 30 million signing bonus.
Bakhtiari played a major role in helping the Packers ( 12- 3) win a second straight NFC North title and and score a leagueleading 31.6 points per game. The 2013 fourth- round pick from Colorado was one of seven Packers selected to the Pro Bowl last week. He was a secondteam Associated Press All- Pro pick last year.
Bakhtiari missed three games earlier this season with broken ribs.
Bakhtiari’s injury will force Green Bay to shuffle its offensive line once again as it heads to Chicago ( 8- 7) in a game with major implications for both teams.
Green Bay can earn the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs plus a first- round bye if it beats or ties the Bears, or if San Francisco ( 6- 9) beats or ties Seattle ( 114). Chicago can clinch a playoff berth with a victory.
Eagles’ Sanders, Goedert out Sunday vs. WFT
PHILADELPHIA— If the Eagles are to deny the Washington Football Team the NFC East title, they’ll have to do so without two of their best offensive weapons.
Running back Miles Sanders, Philadelphia’s leading rusher with 867 yards, and tight end Dallas Goedert, the Eagles’ No. 1 receiver with 46 catches, have been ruled out for Sunday’s game in Philadelphia. Sanderswill miss the game with a knee injury, and Goedert is out with a calf issue.
The Eagles will also be without receiver DeSean Jackson
( ankle) and defensive tackle
Fletcher Cox ( neck).
Boston Scott is set to get the start in place of Sanders, and
Zach Ertz will serve as the primary pass catching tight end.
Saints’ Kamara lands on COVID list
NEW ORLEANS— Saints running back AlvinKamara, coming off a record- tying performance in last week’s win over Minnesota, was placed on the COVID19 list after testing positive.
Kamara, who scored six touchdowns on Christmas Day to tie Ernie Nevers’ 91- year old mark, will miss Sunday’s game against Carolina. He leads New Orleans with 932 rushing yards, 83 receptions and 756 receiving yards. He leads the NFL with 21 touchdowns.
Kamara’s status for the playoffs is unknown.
Rams LB Floyd hospitalized
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams linebacker Leonard Floyd was sent to a hospital as a precaution after feeling abdominal pain shortly before Friday’s practice.
Floyd ranks eighth in the NFL with 9 ½ sacks in a strong debut season with the Rams ( 9- 6), who host the Cardinals on Sunday. Los Angeles needs a win over Arizona or a loss by Chicago to make the playoffs. Along with his success as an edge rusher, Floyd has 53 tackles, 18 quarterback hits and 11 ½ tackles for loss along with two fumble recoveries and strong play in run defense and pass coverage.
Los Angeles is already planning to face the Cardinals without starting quarterback Jared Goff, leading rusher DarrellHenderson, leading receiver CooperKupp and starting defensive tackle Michael Brockers. Goff and Henderson are injured, while Kupp and Brockers are on the COVID- 19 reserve list.
Rookie CamAkers, the Rams’ second- leading rusher, also might miss his second straight game with a high ankle sprain. He participated in Friday’s practice on a limited basis.
Falcons’ Jones out
ATLANTA— Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who has been battling a hamstring injury all season, was declared out Sunday’s regular- season finale against Tampa Bay.
Jones, a seven- time Pro
Bowl player, has played in nine games, but didn’t play much in two of those. He’s caught 51 passes for 771 yards and three touchdowns. This year will end a streak of six seasons with at least 1,390 yards receiving for Jones.
Broncos: Shelby Harris’ best season came to an early end when Denver placed the sixthyear defensive end on injured reserve with a knee injury. In 11 games this season, Harris led all NFL defensive linemen with seven pass knockdowns. Since 2019, Harris leads all D- linemen with 16 passes defensed. He also had 32 tackles, 2 ½ sacks and a forced fumble this season.
Jaguars: Jacksonville will be without receiver DJ Chark for their season finale at Indianapolis on Sunday, leaving them to try to end a 14- game losing streak without their best two players. Coach DougMarrone ruled out Chark ( shin) on Friday, two days after saying running back James Robinson would miss the game because of a badly sprained left ankle. Chark leads the team with 53 receptions for 706 yards and five touchdowns. Robinson is third in the NFL with 1,070 rushing yards.