The Packers did not make any moves at the trade deadline but that does not mean that reinforcements are not coming. Allen Lazard looks to be back at practice and hopefully on track to play Sunday. The Packers are also getting a couple of other players back in practice which may provide needed help. The Packers are getting two key players back at practice.
Packers Get Two Key Players Back At Practice
#Packers RB Kylin Hill (32) practicing for first time this year. LB Krys Barnes (51) also back after extended injury absence.
WR Allen Lazard was practicing Wed. while WR Christian Watson stretched inside but not doing drills outside.
Not practicing: Campbell, Bakhtiari, Jenkins pic.twitter.com/gElXlPNs4I
— Mike Spofford (@mikespofford) November 2, 2022
For the first time this year, RB Kylin Hill is back at practice. A 7th-round pick in last year’s draft, Hill tore his ACL returning a kickoff in week 8 last year. This may not seem like a huge deal but Hill might be able to provide a spark on special teams. Amari Rodgers has been horrendous on punt returns. Kylin Hill might be able to step into that role and make something happen in the return game. Giving the offense better field position could help spark some more scoring. The other player back at practice is LB Krys Barnes. Barnes is coming off an ankle injury but provides much-needed depth at the linebacker position especially if De’Vondre Campbell misses any time.
Could These Players Provide A Small Boost?
No one is expecting these two players to make a huge impact but even a small one would be helpful. The margin for error is very slim for the Packers and any player that can provide even the slightest bump in production is helpful. Similar to Hill, Krys Barnes is central to many special teams units. In his limited action this season, Barnes was also used in some exotic blitz packages which we could see again against the Lions on Sunday. These players simply provide a little bit of depth for the Packers as they move into the latter half of the season.
The number of injuries the Packers have had to deal with in the first eight weeks is astronomical. It has hurt them this season as a new unit every week is tough to game plan for. Hopefully, the Packers getting these two key players back will help the team make a late-season playoff push.