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Allen Lazard expected to play in Week 3 vs. Buccaneers

We break down the news that Allen Lazard is dealing with an injury. What it means for Week 3 and beyond.

Allen Lazard #13 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with teammates after a touchdown during the first half in the game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on September 18, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Friday PM Update: Lazard is off the injury report and is expected to play on Sunday.

Friday update: Lazard was back at practice on Friday, per Rob Demovsky. There’s a real chance his Thursday absence was just a rest day to prepare him for the game. He will likely be questionable, but I’d lean more toward him playing than not.

Thursday PM update: Lazard, who is dealing with an ankle injury, is not practicing on Thursday, per Matt Schneidman.

One of the biggest games in the Week 3 slate is the Green Bay Packers taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The wide receiving core of the Packers is already thin, but they could be without starting wideout Allen Lazard this week. He is dealing with an ankle injury that made him miss the season's first game. In limited action in Week 2, he caught two of three targets for 13 yards and a touchdown. Lazard begins Week 3 with a limited participation in practice on Wednesday, per Matt Schneidman.

Fantasy football implications

Lazard is one of the few holdovers that Rodgers can rely on from last season. When star wide receiver Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders, a lot of responsibility fell on Lazard’s shoulders. Unfortunately, he has been banged up and hasn’t gotten a lot of playing time this season. He is worth a flex play in your fantasy football lineups if he is active.

If he is inactive, the targets would likely be spread thinner between teammates Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs. None of them would warrant a start, but if you needed a dart throw, these would be your choices.