Sammy Watkins only managed to make it to two games in his career for the Green Bay Packers before having to miss a game due to injury.
Officially packets exclude Watkins of the Week 3 road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving them without one of their best wide receivers after the 29-year-old veteran led the way with 111 yards through the first two games. This will be the 31st game that Watkins has missed due to injury or illness.
Additionally, the Packers also listed two of their other receivers – veteran Randall Cobb (illness) and rookie Christian Watson (hamstring) – as being questionable for playing against the Buccaneers. Watson was limited to practice on the first Wednesday of the week, but was listed as “not participating” in the last two sessions on Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile, Cope has been out all three days due to his unspecified illness.
All-Pro handling left David Bakhtiari (in the knee) and tight end of veteran Marcedes Lewis (thigh) are also rated as questionable for playing in the Injury report of the last third week.
Watkins’ career has been wrecked
The Packers knew they were taking risks with Watkins when they signed him to an affordable one-year contract in the early months of the 2022 season. He was the previous year’s No. 4 pick with over 350 passes and 5,000 yards during his eight seasons in the NFL, But he also struggled to stay healthy with injuries to his thighs, hamstrings, calves, ankles and feet. his professional life. In the past four seasons alone, Watkins has missed a total of 18 games for his team.
The move to sign Watkins was a reasonable one considering the head-tethered Packers were looking to rebuild their receiving teams and keep their feet in terms of competing for another championship. The veteran’s experience also paid off in their week two win over the Bears when he got three passes for 93 yards, including 55 that helped them secure their victory. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work when he’s not healthy enough to enter a field.
It’s too early to overreact to Watkins’ injury problems with the Packers, but things start to get even more worrisome if he has to miss several games in a row.
Will the beams take a cautious approach with Watson?
The Packers have six other wide receivers on their active roster and two more on their coaching staff to help them make up for Watkins’ loss against the Buccaneers, but it wouldn’t be too surprising if the Packers chose to play things safe with Watson, either.
Watson was added to the injury report at the start of Week 3 with a new hamstring problem that kept him out of the last two workouts. Although there are no specifics about how severe the injury will be, the Packers tend to make injury decisions based on the long-term picture and may avoid risking it at all early in the season. He’s had a solid share of passing goals over his first two games, but the Packers don’t necessarily need him with Lazard and fourth-round rookie Doubs ready to join as their Sunday start.
Packers coach Matt Lafleur said they will make their injury decisions in about “90 minutes before kickoff” at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 25. If Watson and Cobb don’t play, expect players like Amare Rodgers and Samori Toure to be asked to do more than they did in the first two games of the year.
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