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Packers WR Christian Watson questionable to play Week 3 vs. Saints

Green Bay’s top wideout is questionable to play in Week 3. We update you on the latest injury news.

Christian Watson #9 of the Green Bay Packers runs a route in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 26, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Sept. 22 Update — Watson is officially questionable after getting in work in practice on Friday. He appears to be truly questionable at this point, with no strong reasons to think he’ll play or not.

Sept. 22 Update — Watson was seen stretching during the brief media availability portion of practice on Friday. We should get his official status for today’s practice later.

Sept. 21 Update: Watson tried to practice on Wednesday and apparently wasn’t ready to return. So he’s not out at practice on Thursday ahead of Week 3. This doesn’t bode well for Watson playing on Sunday vs. the Saints in the home opener. But Friday we should get a better sense, plus a designation.

Sept. 20 PM Update: Watson was listed as a limited practice participant on Wednesday. It matches his status from last Friday, but at least it isn’t a step back as he tries to make his season debut on Sunday.

The Green Bay Packers will take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 3 of the 2023 NFL season. The Packers have dealt with early-season injuries, notably to running back Aaron Jones and wide receiver Christian Watson. The good news for Green Bay is that Watson is practicing on Wednesday. He was limited last Friday, but this is still a good sign he may be able to make his season debut on Sunday.

Fantasy football implications for Week 3

Watson should be in line for a big role with the Packers this season. He impressed as a rookie and was considered the WR1 coming out of training camp. Unfortunately, he picked up a hamstring injury in the preseason that delayed his start in the regular season. If Watson can go, he begins with a tough matchup against the Saints secondary. He should command a decent target share so if your lineup has been missing him, you should be able to fire him up this weekend.

If he is inactive yet again, quarterback Jordan Love will look to lean on Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed.