Green Bay, Wis. — There’s still Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers in this game, but the quarterbacks of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers won’t have anywhere near their full complement of receivers on Sunday.
The Packers will certainly be without Sammy Watkins, their leading receiver, for two games due to a hamstring injury. Their other two top receivers, rookie second-round pick Christian Watson (hamstring) and veteran Randall Cobb (illness), were listed as questionable Friday.
Allen Lazard, the only one of the Packers’ top four receivers cleared to play and clear the injury report, has been limited in practice this week after an ankle injury kept him out for the season opener. Lazard returned last week against the Chicago Bears and is the only receiver to catch a touchdown this season.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that freshman receiver Romeo Toubs “probably has to take on more. [work] Upload this week.”
The Buccaneers already knew earlier in the week that they would be without leading receiver Mike Evans as he was suspended one game for last Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Tampa Bay is without receiver Chris Godwin, who was ruled out Friday with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Julio Jones (knee) is listed as questionable.
The Packers may also be without one of their top tight ends, Marcydis Lewis (questionable with a groin injury). Left tackle David Bakhtiari, who has yet to play in the 2022 season, is listed as questionable as he attempts to return from multiple knee surgeries.