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Packers Get Bad News on Latest Sammy Watkins Injury Update

Devon Platana
The Green Bay Packers have received some bad news regarding the latest Sammy Watkins injury update.
The Green Bay Packers have received some bad news regarding the latest Sammy Watkins injury update. / AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

If Aaron Rodgers wasn't a fan of the Green Bay Packers' wide receiver situation already, he's likely even more upset now. The Packers announced on Saturday that veteran wideout Sammy Watkins has been placed on the injured reserve with a hamstring injury just over 24 hours before Green Bay visits the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Sammy Watkins Injury Update

While unfortunate, Watkins' injury status is far from a surprise after the 29-year-old journeyman missed both Thursday and Friday's practices. Back in May, the NFL announced that any player placed on the IR must miss at least four games, meaning Watkins won't be back until Week 7 at the earliest.

Though the sample size is small, Watkins quickly become one of Rodgers' go-to weapons this year. He paced all Green Bay pass-catchers with 111 receiving yards while also sharing the team lead with six receptions through two games.

Watkins' absence leaves the Packers' WR room in a terrible situation. Rookie wideout Christian Watson (hamstring) is questionable for the game, meaning it'll be up to Allen Lazard, an ageing Randall Cobb and unproven rookie Romeo Doubs to lead the passing game.

Hopefully, Watkins has a quick recovery and returns to the field shortly. Hamstring injuries can linger over the course of the year and losing him for a long period of time would make an ugly WR situation in Green Bay that much uglier.

Packers vs Buccaneers Odds

Fortunately for the Packers, the Buccaneers' offense is banged up too, leading to oddsmaker projecting a tight affair. For now, Green Bay comes in as the 1-point road underdog to Tampa Bay on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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