The Packers could be without Allen Lazard for some time.
After not practicing on Thursday and being added to the injury report, there was uncertainty about his availability for Monday’s game versus the Atlanta Falcons.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Lazard had core muscle surgery this week and is now “out indefinitely”.
This is just awful news for Lazard, who had been playing some of his best football to start the season and was on his way to a breakout year. With 13 catches for 254 yards and two touchdowns, Lazard was well on his way to a 1,000-yard season as the Packers’ number two receiver.
Whether Lazard will be able to return later in the season remains to be seen, but the Packers can likely expect to be without their young receiver for a while.
Depth at wide receiver now becomes a major question mark once again.
Lazard will almost certainly go to injured reserve, which leaves only four receivers on the 53-man roster: Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Malik Taylor, and Darrius Shepherd.
Equanimeous St. Brown is currently on injured reserve but will be eligible to return after the bye week if he’s healthy. The Packers have also signed receiver Juwann Winfree to the practice squad.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst should seriously consider making a free-agent addition or trade at wide receiver. The offense has been on fire in recent weeks, and Adams’ return from injury will help continue that, but wide receiver depth is now a real concern.
Whether Gutekunst makes a signing or trade at the position remains to be seen. For now, let’s hope Lazard makes a speedy recovery and will be able to return at some point this season.