Packers Week 3 inactives: Christian Watson out vs. Buccaneers

Green Bay Packers, Christian Watson (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Christian Watson (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /

Rookie wide receiver Christian Watson is inactive for the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Green Bay Packers‘ offense faces their toughest test of the season up against an excellent Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense, and they will now be without one of their key players.

Second-round pick Christian Watson is among the Packers’ inactives for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.

There is some good news for the offense, however.

All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari makes his return versus the Buccaneers. It will be just his second start since tearing his ACL in December 2020. Wide receiver Randall Cobb is also active, despite not practicing this week.

Green Bay Packers inactives Week 3 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Here is a full list of the Packers’ inactive players in Week 3, according to the team’s official website:

  • WR Christian Watson
  • OL Rasheed Walker
  • OL Caleb Jones
  • OL Sean Rhyan
  • WR Samori Toure
  • DL Jonathan Ford

Sammy Watkins isn’t on the inactive list as he has been placed on injured reserve. He will miss at least four games.

With Bakhtiari back in the lineup, the Packers will have their preferred starting five offensive linemen for the first time since 2020.

It will likely be Bakhtiari at left tackle, Jon Runyan Jr. at left guard, Josh Myers at center, Royce Newman at right guard, and Elgton Jenkins at right tackle. That’s a strong starting five.

It will be great to see Bakhtiari back out there this week, and the Packers will need him in a matchup with the league’s top-ranked scoring defense.

Tampa Bay is without its top three wide receivers.

Mike Evans is suspended this week, while Chris Godwin and Julio Jones are both inactive due to injury.

The Buccaneers are also without defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and offensive lineman Donovan Smith.