The Green Bay Packers expect wide receivers Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins and Christian Watson to decide Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coach Matt LaFleur said the team will give the four pass catchers until playing time to prove they can play.
“We’ll see,” LaFleur said Friday. “We’ll know by the time of the game. We will know ninety minutes before kick-off.”
Lazard is struggling with a lingering ankle injury. Cobb missed two days of training due to an illness. Watkins and Watson have new hamstring injuries.
It’s unclear if any of the four will participate in Friday’s practice, the last before flying to Tampa Bay. LaFleur said it’s less about participation on Friday and more about “where they are on Sunday” in terms of availability for the game.
Since all four are related to something, LaFleur said it’s reasonable to expect a much bigger role for rookie Romeo Doubs.
“We have a lot of confidence in him,” said LaFleur. “He will have to suffer more this week.”
Doubs, a fourth round pick and summer star, has six catches for 64 yards through two weeks.
The other available receivers on the roster are Amari Rodgers and rookie Samori Toure, who have combined the first two games for one total offense.
The Packers also have Juwann Winfree and Travis Fulgham on the practice squad in case the team needs a game day raise.
The final injury report will come later on Friday. Expect some sort of labeling for all four recipients. From there, it waits for the inactive list, which must be submitted 90 minutes before kick-off on Sunday.