Packers Allen Lazard, David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins return to practice after missing season opener
GREEN BAY – The first step in the Green Bay Packers getting wide receiver Allen Lazard back took place Wednesday at Clarke Hinkle Field.
Lazard returned in the first practice of the week as the team prepares for its game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
"It felt great. It felt great to be back out there," Lazard said. "Obviously, I wanna be out there. Wish I was out there last Sunday for the guys. Obviously, the season’s a long journey so we take it day by day."
Lazard, who was listed on the Wednesday injury report as a "limited participant," told reporters he "took a few" team drills during practice.
Asked to put a percentage on how he was feeling, the veteran receiver joked, "X."
"We're doing algebra now," Lazard said. "Can’t put a percentage on it."
He was also unable to pinpoint a timeline for finding out if he'd play Sunday night against the Bears. The decision not to play against the Vikings was a "unanimous" decision between Lazard and the team doctors, according to the receiver.
In addition to Lazard, the Packers saw a slew of injured players return to the practice field Wednesday. Most notable were the two offensive linemen who were held out of Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
Offensive linemen David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins both practiced Wednesday, participating in offensive line drills that were open to the media. Team drills are not open to the media but the injury report listed both Bakhtiari and Jenkins as "limited participants."
Bakhtiari did not practice Friday before the Vikings game, participating in the rehab group instead during the open media portions. Jenkins is still recovering from an ACL tear but is cleared to play.
Linebacker Quay Walker (shoulder) and corner Keisan Nixon (shoulder) were also practicing during open portions and were full participants in Wednesday's practice. LaFleur seemed optimistic about the status of both players on Monday.
Offensive lineman Jon Runyan (concussion protocol) was held out of practice and was working with the rehab group. He was the only active player who did not practice.
The practice was conducted in full pads, which is unusual for LaFleur. He typically uses his one padded practice per week on Thursdays. It's not clear if that's a permanent change or something he'll do occasionally.
It means the Packers will conduct their Thursday practice, typically the longest and most competitive, in shells.
Lazard has been out since Aug. 29 with a left ankle injury suffered when a defensive linemen stepped on him in practice. He worked out on the side at practice last week and prior to the Minnesota game Sunday went through his traditional pregame soccer ball warmup.
How much he does in practice and whether he takes part in 11-on-11s will go a long way in determining what the team can expect from him this week.
Packers add safety Mike Brown to practice squad
The Packers signed Mike Brown, a 6-1, 220-pound safety, to the practice squad Wednesday.
Brown signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Miami (Ohio) on May 13, but was released Aug. 30.