The Green Bay Packers released an update to the week 3 injury report on Thursday. The team made seven changes, including six downgrades, making Friday’s latest injury report all the more important for Sunday’s showdown with the undefeated Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
First, the good news: left-wing tackle David Bakhtiari returned on Thursday in limited capacity to practice. He missed Wednesday’s practice. Could this be the week he comes back? Note his practice participation on Friday. The Packers are still not sharing publicly whether he will play on Sunday.
There’s plenty of bad news to share from Thursday’s updated report.
– DL Kenny Clark was added to the injury report and listed as limited with a groin injury.
– K Mason Crosby was added to the injury report on Thursday due to illness.
– WR Allen Lazard (ankle) went restricted from Wednesday to Thursday DNP.
– TE Marcedes Lewis (groin) went from Wednesday limited to Thursday DNP.
– WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) went restricted from Wednesday to Thursday DNP.
– WR Christian Watson (hamstring) went limited from Wednesday to Thursday DNP.
Offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins (knee) was limited, while receiver Randall Cobb missed a second consecutive practice due to an illness.
That means the Packers’ top four receivers were out on Thursday and may have uncertain playing opportunities for Sunday.
Special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia was confident Crosby would be okay on Sunday.
Of the nine players on the Packers injury report, eight are preferred starters, including six on offense.
The Buccaneers were without receiver Chris Godwin, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, receiver Julio Jones and tight end Cade Otton for the second day in a row. Cornerback Carlton Davis, center Robert Hainsey and receiver Scotty Miller were upgraded to full participants. Overall, the Bucs still have 12 players on the injury report, including seven preferred starters.