Three players on Packers injury report for Week 1 vs. Saints

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Three Packers are on the injury report for Week 1.

The Green Bay Packers enter their season opener close to being fully healthy.

For the first time this year, the Packers released their injury report on Wednesday ahead of their Week 1 game with the New Orleans Saints.

Only three players are on the injury report.

Star edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, who has been out of action with a back injury in recent weeks, did practice. He was a limited participant on Wednesday. It leaves some uncertainty over his status for the season opener, but it’s good news that he’s out there practicing, even if he was only limited.

Defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster, also dealing with back injury, was limited at practice too. Again, this doesn’t tell us much about whether he’ll be available to play the Saints this weekend, but it’s good he’s on the practice field.

The only Packers player who didn’t practice on Wednesday was safety Vernon Scott, who is dealing with a hamstring injury. Given the nature of hamstring injuries and the importance not to rush back, the fact he was held out of practice isn’t a great sign for Sunday’s game, but we’ll see. Without Scott, Henry Black would likely be the third safety behind starters Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage.

The Saints only have one player on their injury report, but it’s notable.

Already thin at the cornerback position, starter Ken Crawley didn’t practice on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury. This will be something to watch as the week goes on.

The Saints are trading for cornerback Bradley Roby, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. However, Roby is suspended this week and won’t be able to play versus the Packers.

With Crawley’s status for Week 1 up in the air, the Saints’ cornerback depth could be a real issue against the Packers’ offense.