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GREEN BAY - In two weeks, visions of an All-Pro tackle and Pro Bowl guard anchoring the left side of the Green Bay Packers offensive line have devolved into something entirely less appealing.

Elgton Jenkins, the third-year star offensive lineman who has protected Aaron Rodgers' blindside all season, tore his ACL on Sunday in Minnesota, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. An MRI on Monday confirmed the Packers' initial fears, Schefter reported.

Jenkins was moving laterally to his left to block Vikings safety Harrison Smith when he crumpled to the field and immediately clutched his left knee, the prototypical noncontact injury that often results in a torn ACL.

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The injury comes with All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari's return from his own torn ACL "unknown," by Rodgers' own admission. Jenkins slid from left guard, where he was a Pro Bowler last season, to play 496 snaps over eight starts at left tackle in Bakhtiari's place this season.

Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Elgton Jenkins (74) is carted off the field after getting injured in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during their football game Sunday, November 21, 2021, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Min. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin © Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Elgton Jenkins (74) is carted off the field after getting injured in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during their football game Sunday, November 21, 2021, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Min. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Coach Matt LaFleur said last week he was hopeful Bakhtiari could return this season. If he doesn't, the left side of the Packers offensive line will instead consist of tackle Yosh Nijman and guard Jon Runyan Jr.

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