The Green Bay Packers gave a potential clue that Allen Lazard will be out of the season opener versus the Minnesota Vikings.
Don’t expect Allen Lazard to be available for the Green Bay Packers‘ season opener.
On Saturday, the Packers elevated wide receiver Juwann Winfree and safety Micah Abernathy to the gameday roster from the practice squad.
With Lazard also being listed as doubtful to play on this week’s injury report, it seems incredibly unlikely the Packers’ new WR1 will be out there.
At wide receiver, Green Bay has Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb, Romeo Doubs, Christian Watson, Amari Rodgers, and Samori Toure. Had the team been confident Lazard would play, there would’ve been no need to elevate Winfree to the active roster for Week 1.
But with Winfree being elevated, it could be a clue that Lazard will indeed miss the season opener versus the Vikings.
Winfree is one of few receivers with experience catching passes from Aaron Rodgers in the regular season. Watkins, Doubs, Watson, and Toure are all entering their first career games with Rodgers.
Winfree only made eight receptions last year, while Amari Rodgers had four.
That just leaves Cobb, who has caught 498 passes during his nine seasons with the Packers, the vast majority of which came from Rodgers.
Winfree can also help out on special teams, an area the Packers have struggled at in recent seasons. Getting an experienced player like Winfree on the active roster makes sense.
At this point, there seems to be little doubt that Lazard will miss the first game of the season. Hopefully his injury isn’t too serious and he’ll be able to return for next week’s game against the Chicago Bears.
In the meantime, the Packers will need Watkins, Cobb, Doubs, and Watson to step up against the Vikings on Sunday.