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Hometown Hero To Make NFL Debut for Packers on Sunday

Aug 28, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Yosh Nijman (73) and offensive guard Cole Van Lanen (78) jog on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

With David Bakhtiari and Billy Turner ruled out and Josh Myers and Elgton Jenkins on injured reserve, hometown hero Cole Van Lanen was elevated to the active roster for Sunday’s game at the Baltimore Ravens. It will mark the NFL debut for Van Lanen.

Van Lanen, who grew up in Suamico, was a high school All-American at Bay Port before going on to a stellar career for the Wisconsin Badgers. He earned first-team all-conference honors as a senior and was drafted in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Van Lanen, who played right tackle and left guard in the preseason, wasn’t able to make the team but was signed to the practice squad to start the season.

It’s been a makeshift year for offensive line coach Adam Stenavich, but that’s nothing new. Since taking over the role Stenavich has done everything he can to get versatility out of his lineman and lineups. On Sunday the Packers will line up with Yosh Nijman at left tackle, Jon Runyan at left guard, Lucas Patrick at center, Royce Newman at right guard and Dennis Kelly at right tackle. Van Lanen will join Ben Braden and Jake Hanson will be the backups.

The Packers also elevated DL Abdullah Anderson to active and signed safety Shawn Davis from the practice squad to the active roster.

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Aug 28, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Green Bay Packers offensive tackle Yosh Nijman (73) and offensive guard Cole Van Lanen (78) jog on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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