If you paid attention closely to the end of the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the New York Giants, you probably noticed that receiver Samori Toure — who had only played three offensive snaps in the team’s last five games — was featured frequently on the Packers’ last drive. The main reason for this is injuries at the receiver position, which seemed to stack up at the end of the game.
Rookie receiver Jayden Reed, who was targeted 10 times and received four carries, left the game to be evaluated for a concussion. According to WFRV Sports’ Lauren Helmbrecht, Reed left the field for the locker room before the game’s conclusion.
Fellow rookie Dontayvion Wicks was knocked out of the game with an ankle injury, which the Packers officially listed him as “questionable to return” for. In the locker room, Helmbrecht reported that Wicks stated that his ankle was “f***ed up.” Per Helmbrecht, Wicks believes he has a high ankle sprain, which generally takes a few weeks to recover from.
Yes, the MetLife Stadium turf struck again. The Packers are already down one body at the position, as Christian Watson has already been dealing with a second hamstring injury in 2023 that kept him from playing against the Giants.
Going into next week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — on a short week, no less — Green Bay only had three healthy receivers on its 53-man roster: Romeo Doubs, undrafted rookie Malik Heath and Samori Toure. It’s worth mentioning here that the Packers were also without starting running back Aaron Jones (knee) on Monday Night Football and that starting tight end Luke Musgrave is on the injured reserve for a lacerated kidney.
The skill positions are thin, so keep an eye on the Packers’ injury report this week. With a quick turnaround, Green Bay will likely estimate participation for Wednesday’s practice — expected to be a walkthrough — with the first real injury report of the week coming on Thursday.
Thankfully, the Packers do have a few more bodies to get them through practice. Bo Melton and rookie seventh-round pick Grant DuBose are receivers on the team’s practice squad. Look for those players to potentially get called up, if Watson, Reed and/or Wicks can’t go against Tampa Bay.