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Allen Lazard listed as doubtful for Week 1 matchup with Vikings

We break down news that Allen Lazard has a foot injury. What it means for Week 1 and beyond.

Allen Lazard #13 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after catching a touchdown pass during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on January 09, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images

September 9 late update: Lazard is listed as doubtful and will not play on Sunday. Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb, Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson should all see an uptick in work.

September 9 early update: Lazard once again missed practice on Friday and looks doubtful to play. We still need to wait for the injury report, but it doesn’t look good for him.

September 8 update: Lazard was once again not practicing on Thursday, per Rob Demovsky. We will need to see him get work on Friday to have a chance to play this weekend.

September 7 update: Head coach Matt LeFleur says that Allen Lazard was stepped on last week and will not practice today.

The Green Bay Packers are thin at wide receiver after trading away Davante Adams and they could be even thinner at the position with Allen Lazard now dealing with an undisclosed injury. Lazard was unable to practice last week and now head coach Matt LeFleur wasn’t sure about his status on Monday for Week 1, per Tom Silverstein. We should know more come Wednesday, when the team has to submit an injury report for their Sunday matchup with the division rival Vikings.

Fantasy football implications

Lazard, Sammy Watkins and Randall Cobb are the veterans on the team expected to see work to start the year, with Lazard looking like the de facto No. 1 receiver at the moment. But, rookie Romeo Doubs put together a great training camp and would likely get more chances if Lazard couldn’t play against the Vikings this week.

Rookie Christian Watson is just returning from his own injury, but LeFleaur was hopeful that Watson would suit up on Sunday. Tight end Robert Tonyan appears ready to return from his injury in Week 1. There are receivers to work with for Aaron Rodgers, but how they’ll be used this season is still somewhat of a mystery.