Packers rule Watkins out, and Bakhtiari and Watson among those questionable for Sunday

Kassidy Hill
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GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers are in wait-and-see mode when it comes to their slew of injured players, even after the injury report for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was released. Coach Matt LaFleur was vague Friday, as has become his custom.

Receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) did not practice Friday and he has been ruled out for Sunday's game. He is the only Packers player listed as such. 

David Bakhtiari was seen at practice, taking part in stretches during the portion open to media. He was a limited participant and will be questionable for Sunday's game. Bakhtiari did not practice Wednesday and was a limited participant Thursday as he continues his long road back from ACL surgery recovery. Bakhtiari has played only 27 snaps (against the Detroit Lions last January) since tearing his ACL on Dec. 31, 2020. 

Wide receivers Allen Lazard (ankle) did practice after being held out Wednesday. He was a limited participant Thursday and Friday and did not receive an injury designation for Sunday, indicating a likelihood to play. Christian Watson (hamstring) practiced as well, after being held out Wednesday and Thursday. He is listed as questionable against the Buccaneers.

Randall Cobb (illness) and kicker Mason Crosby (illness) were absent. Cobb is considered questionable for Sunday, while Crosby received no designation. Special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia indicated Thursday that his belief is Crosby would be available Sunday. If not, Green Bay would need to elevate practice squad kicker Ramiz Ahmed by Saturday afternoon. 

Tight end Marcedes Lewis (groin) was limited on Friday and is questionable. Defensive tackle Kenny Clark (groin) was a limited participant Thursday and Friday but did not receive a game status. He expressed to reporters Friday he felt OK to play. 

Regardless of his players' status for Friday's practice, LaFleur is more concerned with how they feel Sunday to determine if they'll play. 

“It doesn't necessarily come down to today,” LaFleur said Friday morning. “It's where are they at on Sunday. So certainly, you'd love them, to see them running around out there today. But it really ultimately isn't going to impact our decision. It's how are they feeling, where are they on Sunday?”

And when will that decision come? 

“We’ll know by game time, 90 minutes before kickoff,” LaFleur said. Inactives are announced 90 minutes before kickoff. 

Lazard, presumably the Packers top receiver this season, missed Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings after being stepped on in practice the previous week. He was able to return for Week 2 against the Chicago Bears and finished with two receptions for 13 yards, one coming on a crucial third-down and the other for a touchdown. 

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He was seen limping to the sideline at one point during the Bears game. Asked if Lazard’s status on the injury report this week was due to that moment or just precautionary, LaFleur responded, “Um … yeah.” 

In Tampa, receiver Chris Godwin and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks have been ruled out for Sunday's game. Running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring), and wide receivers Julio Jones (knee) and Breshad Perriman (knee) were all limited participants on Friday and are listed as questionable against the Packers. 

Buccaneers wide receiver Russell Gage (hamstring) also was listed as questionable and did not practice Friday. Left tackle Donovan Smith (elbow) did not practice Wednesday or Friday and is listed as doubtful. 

Tampa Bay also likely will be without tight end Cade Otton, who is listed as doubtful. Otton is with his family following the death of his mother. 

The Packers fly to Tampa on Saturday.

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