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Packers Get Mixed Updates on Injured Wide Receivers at Friday's Practice

Devon Platana
The Green Bay Packers have received some mixed updates on their injured wide receivers at Friday's practice.
The Green Bay Packers have received some mixed updates on their injured wide receivers at Friday's practice. / AP Photos/Duane Burleson

The Green Bay Packers have one of the tougher Week 3 tests in the form of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers must figure out how to foster chemistry with his young wideouts, which could be easier said than done thanks to some bad injury luck.

The Packers received updates on their injured wideouts following Friday's practice. Unfortunately, for fans looking for more clarity, the news was mixed, to say the least.

Packers Injury News

The Good

As far as the good news goes, both Christian Watson (hamstring) and Allen Lazard (ankle) participated in Friday's session after being absent one day earlier. These are two of the Packers' most talented wideouts, so it's great news that they're trending in the right direction.

Nevertheless, Green Bay needs more production from them. Watson has recorded just 43 yards on five catches in his rookie debut while Lazard made his season debut last week, hauling in two of his three targets for 13 yards and a touchdown.

The Bad

As for the bad news, Sammy Watkins (hamstring) and Randall Cobb (illness) were non-participants on Friday. Watkins was limited on Wednesday before sitting out Thursday and Friday, while Cobb has missed three straight sessions.

Rodgers has made it clear he trusts his veteran weapons over the youngsters, meaning he could be in trouble if Watkins and Cobb don't face the Bucs. The veteran pair has combined for 24.4% of receptions and 32.8% of receiving yards on the Packers this season.

Having said that, the Packers could have a bigger role for rookie WR Romeo Doubs if Watkins and Lazard are out, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. The former Nevada product is tied for the second-most targets (8) on his team, turning them into 64 yards on six catches.

Packers vs Buccaneers Odds

While the Buccaneers also have their fair share of WR injuries, the Packers are the underdogs in Week 3. FanDuel Sportsbook currently lists Tampa Bay as the 1.5-point home favorite over Green Bay.

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