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Packers WR Sammy Watkins activated to 53-man roster, likely to play Week 7 vs. Commanders

We break down the news that Sammy Watkins is returning from a hamstring injury. What it means for Week 7 and beyond.

Sammy Watkins #11 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the ball after a reception against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on September 18, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Saturday update: Watkins has been activated to the 53-man roster and is likely to play in Week 7 against the Washington Commanders. Randall Cobb is going on injured reserve, so the Packers are still thin at receiver with him and Christian Watson out. Watkins will join Allen Lazard and Romeo Doubs as part of the receiving group in Week 7.

Friday update: Watkins practiced all week, but because he is still on injured reserve, the team did not have to make any formal designations around his status after each practice. They have until 4 p.m. ET on Saturday to activate him off IR if they want to have him eligible for Sunday’s game against the Commanders. Head coach Matt LaFleur told the media it’s “up in the air” as to whether he’ll be activated for Week 7.

The Green Bay Packers need help at receiver and should get a little with Sammy Watkins designated to return from injured reserve, per Ian Rapoport. Watkins suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2 against the Bears. He had a productive game before leaving, as he caught 3-of-4 targets for 93 yards.

Watkins is set to practice Wednesday, but the team won’t have to add him to the injury report until he’s actually been called up to the 53-man roster. The Packers have 21 days to do so.

Fantasy football implications for Week 7

Watkins was the leading snap compiler for the Packers to start the season, but it’s unsure exactly how he would fit back in now. Romeo Doubs has seen his snaps rise, while Alan Lazard has been the most productive starter, while Randall Cobb is out for a while with an ankle injury. Watkins isn’t a must add, but he has value in deeper leagues.