The Green Bay Packers' awful injury luck on offense continues.
Green Bay barely held on to a playoff spot after the loss to the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. Clinching a wild-card berth may require winning out over the final four weeks of the regular season.
But the Packers may need to do it the hard way, on offense, at least. The Packers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a short week, but they are running out of pass catchers.
Green Bay has rarely had its entire starting offense available this season. Unfortunately, the injury problems aren't getting any better.
Packers are running out of pass catchers for Jordan Love
The Packers are already without starting tight end Luke Musgrave, potentially for the rest of the season. He is on injured reserve. Star running back Aaron Jones remains sidelined with a knee injury, while Christian Watson is dealing with another hamstring issue.
Green Bay may have lost two more starters in the loss to New York.
Rookie wide receiver Dontayvion Wicks may have suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Giants. According to Lauren Helmbrecht of WFRV Sports, Wicks said he "f---ed up" his ankle. This late in the year, an injury that significant could end his season.
Another standout rookie receiver, Jayden Reed, is also a doubt for Week 15. According to Wes Hodkiewicz of Packers.com, Reed is being evaluated for a concussion. Hopefully, Reed is OK, but if he did suffer a concussion, the short turnaround between games doesn't help.
The Packers could potentially enter Week 15 without these five starters on offense:
- WR Christian Watson (Hamstring)
- WR Jayden Reed (Evaluated for concussion)
- WR Dontayvion Wicks (Ankle)
- RB Aaron Jones (Knee)
- TE Luke Musgrave (Abdomen - Injured Reserve)
Jordan Love's top targets would be Romeo Doubs, Tucker Kraft, Malik Heath, and Samori Toure.
Doubs is a reliable target for Love, Kraft keeps impressing in Musgrave's absence, and Heath has made some big-time plays in recent weeks, including his touchdown catch against the Giants.
But the Packers' injuries on offense are concerning. They could be without several game-changers ahead of a crucial game against the Buccaneers this week.