How worried should the Packers feel about Allen Lazard's injury?
Allen Lazard missed Monday's practice, and head coach Matt LaFleur wouldn't commit to him playing this weekend. If he can't, the Packers will have a hard time filling his void.
As the Green Bay Packers' season opener fast approaches, the health of the roster has entered the spotlight. But while the availability of star offensive linemen David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins has commanded most of the attention, another injury situation has thrust itself to the fore: the status of lead wide receiver Allen Lazard.
Lazard missed Monday's practice, the Packers' first since returning from the break following the preseason finale. Lazard instead worked off to the side of the field as part of his rehab, the team's typical approach to injured players who have a chance to resume to action in the near future.
"I think Allen is doing better, but we'll see as the week progresses where he's at," head coach Matt LaFleur said at his Monday press conference.
The Packers haven't disclosed Lazard's issue and don't have to release an official practice report until Wednesday, at which point the nature of his injury will come into focus. Since the NFL eliminated the "probable" injury designation in 2016, the veteran wideout will likely enter the weekend as officially questionable to play unless he can participate fully in practice before then.
In the past, Lazard missing time generated some concern but wasn't seen as a game-breaking development. That, of course, occurred under wildly different circumstances as All-Pro Davante Adams served as the Packers' No. 1 target and the fulcrum of the passing game. Now, with Lazard stepping into the featured role, his presence (or lack thereof) moves the needle to a significantly greater degree.