The Packers offense looks a little rusty. One of the big reasons why might be because they were still missing a key player. That player is back in practice on Wednesday. The Packers have to be excited to see Allen Lazard return to practice.
Allen Lazard Was Missed On Sunday
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said WR Allen Lazard will practice today. He didn't do anything last week because of the ankle that got stepped on.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 14, 2022
Aaron Rodgers clearly missed Allen Lazard on Sunday. So much of what Rodgers has done with receivers over the years is built on trust. Rodgers did not trust any of his receivers on Sunday. Many were open but he did not want to pull the trigger. Lazard is the one player he really trusts. With Lazard back on the field, Rodgers should feel more comfortable finding his favorite receiver. Hopefully this will also trickle down to more trust of other receivers. If you watch the tape, the Packers had open receivers. In some cases, the protection was so bad Rodgers could not get the throw off. However, in a lot of cases he came off the receivers too early. While Lazard is not the magic cure to the offense, he should help. Seeing Allen Lazard return to practice is a welcome sight for Rodgers.
Will He Play Sunday?
As of right now it is too early to tell. The fact that he is practicing on Wednesday is a positive. As the week goes on, it will be interesting to see if he carries any injury designation. Today’s practice will also give some insight into how much the ankle is really bothering him. Allen Lazard returning to practice is one thing. Getting him into a game is another. The early signs are good but it is something to watch this week.
With how much secrecy was around Lazard’s injury, there was worry amongst some that it was serious. As Allen Lazard returns to practice, we will get to see exactly how serious but if he is practicing that must mean he is feeling somewhat good. The Packers need him as they try to rebound week 2 against the Bears.