With the Green Bay Packers’ squad missing a few key players in their attacking defenders, the team is looking for attacking players. A run back to Aaron Jones is still a question mark in defender, but the team won’t have one of Aaron Rodgers’s favorite goals tonight against San Francisco 49ers.
According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Packers will not activate the Allen Lazard receiver from the injured reserve on Thursday afternoon, meaning he won’t be eligible to play tonight’s game at Levi’s Stadium. Packers made that official announcement on Thursday afternoon, as neither Lazard nor defender Christian Kirksey were listed as having been activated.
Instead, Packers raised four players from the practice team for gameday. The team used one of its two standard-raising positions on temple guard Ben Braden, then activated three additional players as special COVID-19 substitute: safety Henry Black, posterior Stanford Samuels winger and backing Dexter Williams.
Via social media, Lazard revealed that he was on a Packers team’s flight to the Bay Area on Wednesday, which appeared to be a prerequisite for his activation. He started training last week as soon as he was eligible to play after the three required games on the injured reserve list, but the team has decided not to bring him back to the 53-man roster for now.
During the first three weeks of the season, Lazard has enjoyed solid success from where he left off at the end of the 2019 season. Lazard has caught four passes in 63 yards and one point in his first week against Vikings. and had three receptions in 45 yards when Packers battled Lions in week two. Then, with Davante Adams playing in the third week, Lazard exploded with six tackles, 146 yards and one point in New Orleans.
Without Lazard for another week, the Packers will continue to provide more information to other players in the depth rankings, including Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and Malik Taylor. That also means there will be more goals in the pass game for Robert Tonyan and Jace Sternberger.
Like Lazard, Kirksey started his first three games but had to be substituted due to injury following Green Bay’s win over Saints in the third week. He had a total of 12 tackles in each of the team’s first two matches and was lined up on every pre-injury defensive clearance. In his absence, Packers switched to freshman and sophomore players Krys Barnes, Ty Summers and Kamal Martin in the linebacker position, with mixed results.