Pack to be without Watkins (hamstring) vs. Bucs
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GREEN BAY, Wis. — This game still has Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, but the quarterbacks of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers won’t have anything close to their full complement of receivers on Sunday.
The Packers for sure won’t have Sammy Watkins, their leading receiver through two games, because of a hamstring injury. Two of their other top receivers, rookie second-round pick Christian Watson (hamstring) and veteran Randall Cobb (illness), were listed as questionable on Friday.
The only one of the Packers’ top four receivers who has been cleared to play and taken off the injury report is Allen Lazard, who has been limited in practice this week because of the ankle injury that kept him out of the season opener. Lazard returned for last week’s game against the Chicago Bears and is the only receiver on the roster to have caught a touchdown this season.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that rookie receiver Romeo Doubs is “probably going to have to take more of a [work] load this week.”
The Buccaneers already knew earlier in the week that they would be without leading receiver Mike Evans because of his one-game suspension for last Sunday’s altercation in their game against the New Orleans Saints. Tampa Bay also won’t have receiver Chris Godwin, who was ruled out Friday because of a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Julio Jones (knee) was listed as questionable.
The Packers also could be without one of their top tight ends, Marcedes Lewis (questionable with a groin injury). Left tackle David Bakhtiari, who has yet to play in the 2022 season, also was listed as questionable as he tries to return from multiple knee surgeries.
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