Allen Lazard’s news coming out of Friday’s practice was concerning
On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers are getting set to play their divisional rival, the Minnesota Vikings. The two teams are considered the best in the NFC North. The exciting matchup features the Vikings’ offense versus the Packers’ defense. But for the Packers to win, they need to score, and having wide receiver Allen Lazard for the game would be a big help.
Lazard sustained an injury during practice. He was not at practice again on Friday, which is not good for his chances to play Sunday. Lazard was considered the focal point of the wide receiver corps this season with Davante Adams with the Las Vegas Raiders. Lazard spoke with the media on Friday. His answers seemed to hint it’s significant enough to miss game time.
Per Ryan Wood, a Packers beat writer for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Lazard was stepped on during practice by a defensive tackle. Lazard was asked what needed to happen for him to play in Week One. His answer was loaded with disappointed innuendo: “Pray.”
Lazard was not forthcoming if the injury would affect his opportunity to play the following week on Sunday Night Football against the Chicago Bears.
Allen Lazard says a defensive tackle stepped on him in practice. That’s as much as we’ve been able to narrow the culprit.
Asked what he he has to do to play Sunday: “Pray.”
Asked if his ankle jeopardizes Week 2: “I can’t see past tomorrow.”
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) September 9, 2022
Not a good sign for Lazard and the Packers
Being able to practice Friday would have been a good sign for a Week One start. It seems doubtful at best that he’ll be able to play against the Vikings. His answer was more troubling about Week Two. It’s possible this injury could be a significant one for the Packers’ early season.
The Packers’ shallow wide receiver roster will need their young crew to step up—especially Christian Watson. Matt LaFleur was hoping to get Watson more acclimated to the offense before putting him in a game. (Watson had missed all three preseason games.) It would appear the Packers will give him an opportunity this Sunday.