Jordan Love might be throwing exclusively to rookie receivers in the Green Bay Packers' season opener.
The Packers already have one of the youngest and most inexperienced wide receiver rooms in the league. Every receiver on the roster has no more than one year of experience in the NFL. Green Bay will also lean on two rookie tight ends this season.
Now, Love could be without his top two targets against the Chicago Bears.
Packers News: Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs miss practice in Week 1
According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky, Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs sat out of Wednesday's practice.
Doubs is dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out of the Packers' final preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. Watson's injury is unknown, but Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that he was on a stationary bike during practice.
Missing either player would make life more challenging for Love, but both missing the season opener would be disastrous.
Watson is a breakout candidate after catching seven touchdowns in the final eight games last season. Love has leaned on Doubs on the practice field this summer. He is already a go-to target for the Packers' new starting quarterback.
Love would have to lean heavily on rookies Jayden Reed and Luke Musgrave when he drops back to pass. While both have tremendous upside, entering their NFL debut as Love's top two targets is a big ask.
Hopefully, Watson and Doubs sitting out of Wednesday's practice is nothing more than a precaution. We will get a better understanding of Watson's injury when the Packers release their first injury report of the season on Wednesday, but head coach Matt LaFleur typically gives little away during press conferences.
The Packers' challenge of winning on the road against a division rival may have just become a lot tougher.