Lazard injury adds more uncertainty for Packers in WR


GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (AP) — Davante Adams may not be the only notable receiver missing for the Green Bay Packers at the start of the season.

Allen Lazard hasn’t practiced this week due to an ankle injury, leaving his condition for Sunday’s game in Minnesota uncertain. You may lose your top repeat customers as you adapt to a life where you don’t. Two-time All-Pro traded to Las Vegas Raiders in March.

Packers coach Matt Raffler said Wednesday, “He got stepped on last week, so we’re on our way to being with him.

Veterans Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins, Amari Rodgers and rookies Christian Watson, Romeo Dubs and Samori Toure are the other receivers on Green Bay’s roster. The Packers also have Juwan Winfrey and Travis Fulgham on their practice team.

No player caught 28 or more passes last season.

“I don’t think[Lazard]needs a lot of practice to be ready, so let’s see how the week goes,” said Aaron Rodgers.

With or without Lazard, Green Bay’s passing game progress was thought to be a major story early in the season due to Adams’ absence.

Again, the Packers have thrived in these situations before.

The Packers have found a way for Rodgers to adapt consistently, winning all seven games Adams has missed due to injury over the past three seasons. Throw 3 touchdown passes to tight end Robert Toyian against Atlanta in 2020 Or find bumps in the endzone twice Arizona win last season.

Rodgers also has a history of success against the Vikings, but Adams has played a major role in many of those victories. , and there was no interception. Eight of those touchdowns went to Adams.

Green Bay receivers believe they can do well even if they don’t go all out on Sunday.

“Our credibility is still high,” said Dubs, a fourth-round pick from Nevada. “Allen Lazard pushes us the same way if we are playing whether we are playing or not. We all understand that is the Next Man Up mentality. .”

Complicating matters is the uncertainty surrounding Green Bay’s offensive line. David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins have recovered from knee injuries. They were restricted in Wednesday’s practice and, if healthy, would be the Packers’ starting tackles.

“Young guys will definitely be wearing suits, whether they play or not,” Rodgers said of the offensive line. “And we don’t have the swinging veteran tackle that we’ve had in the last few years, or the older veteran of the Lucas Patrick type, so we know the young guys are ready when the number is called. I look forward to it.”

Patrick signed with the Chicago Bears after playing 28 games with the Packers over the past two seasons.

But the biggest question on the offense is how young receivers will react.

Watson, a second-round pick from North Dakota, Possessing amazing physical skills, he did not play a preseason game and missed much of training camp while recovering from offseason knee surgery. Dubs who scored in each Impressed at training camp However, I struggled with drops at times.

The rookies’ biggest test will be starting their careers in an away division game on Sunday. When the Packers practiced in conditions as close as possible to real game conditions last week, they at least got a taste of what to expect.

“Obviously a little different,” Rogers said. “The speed picked up. I think they got a sense of what I am like in a game-like situation the other day: my energy, my expectations, the tempo we play.

“You see, they know what the expectations are. I am confident it will.”

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