Matt LaFleur gives an update on another wide receiver
Matt LaFleur has had to game plan around a myriad of injuries this season. The Green Bay Packers offense has battled severe injuries on the offensive line, wide receiver, and quarterback positions. In his Wednesday press conference, the head coach stressed that injuries were a part of professional football. All NFL teams deal with them. Matt LaFleur gave some good news on the status of rookie wide receiver Christian Watson dealing with a concussion. Watson sustained a brain injury during the Packers’ loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 8. Watson played for the Packers in Week 9 but they pulled him against the Lions. He was evaluated for a concussion.
According to Ryan Wood with USA Today, Matt LaFleur said Watson doesn’t need to be held out this week. He was pulled for precautionary reasons.
#Packers coach Matt LaFleur says there is no need for Christian Watson to be held out this week for precautionary reasons, as he was last week in Detroit because of the concussion in Buffalo. That's in the past. The rookie WR is ready to go.— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) November 9, 2022
According to Matt Schneidman with The Athletic, LaFleur emphasized Watson was not hit on the head during the Lions game
Matt LaFleur on Christian Watson: “He didn’t even get hit in the head.”— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) November 9, 2022
Sounds like he’ll be good to go this week after missing time in Detroit while in concussion protocol. Team wanted to be extra cautious and review where he was hit after suffering a concussion vs. Buffalo.
This is great news for LaFleur and the Packers’ offense. It’s also a surprise to see Watson did not have a concussion on Sunday. If Christian Watson suffered another concussion it would have created doubt around his and the Packers’ future.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed out of sync against the Lions as he was throwing to players that have seen a lot of time with the practice squad this season. Matt LaFleur and the Packers will need Watsons’ ability to open up the secondary with his speed to give more cushion for the running attack.