Packers have a problem at wide receiver in Week 3 vs. Bucs

Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t the only team with concerns at wide receiver in Week 3. There is also some uncertainty about which Green Bay Packers pass catchers will be available.

How many wide receivers will the Green Bay Packers have available when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3?

Good question.

The Packers released their first injury report for Week 3 on Wednesday, and there were some surprises.

Four wide receivers are on the injury report.

Four Packers wide receivers on Week 3 injury report

Allen Lazard (ankle) remains on the injury report, which isn’t a surprise. He has been on the injury report all season. The injury kept him out of the season opener but he returned in Week 2 versus the Chicago Bears.

However, Randall Cobb (illness), Sammy Watkins (hamstring), and Christian Watson (hamstring) are also on this week’s injury report.

That’s not exactly ideal.

Cobb was the only receiver not to practice. Lazard, Watkins, and Watson were all limited.

Assuming Lazard didn’t suffer a setback in Sunday’s win over the Bears, his limited practice is likely nothing to worry about. He played last week.

But for the other wide receivers, who knows? Hamstring injuries are always a bit concerning as it’s important not to rush players back too soon. But without any more information, it’s hard to say whether either player is in any doubt of missing Sunday’s game.

The Buccaneers also have a wide receiver problem.

Mike Evans is suspended and won’t play. Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) didn’t practice on Wednesday. Russell Gage (hamstring), Scotty Miller (calf), and Breshad Perriman (knee) were limited.

Perhaps the two teams should just agree that no wide receivers play this game. It’s quite unbelievable how many receivers on both teams could possibly not play this week.

As ever, we’ll find out more as the week goes on.