The last thing the Green Bay Packers could afford was another injury at the wide receiver position against the Carolina Panthers. With Christian Watson (hamstring) and Jayden Reed (toe/chest) already out of the lineup, the team was very thin at the position going into Sunday’s game.
In the second half against the Panthers, receiver Dontayvion Wicks went down with an injury — which later led to him being ruled questionable to return and eventually out. Based on what Wicks said in the locker room after the game, though, serious injury has apparently been avoided.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein, Wicks confirmed that his chest injury led to an X-ray in the locker room. The X-ray did not show that Wicks had broken any ribs, though, which is the silver lining here. At the time, Wicks was unwilling to confirm that he’d be able to play against the Minnesota Vikings next week, which shapes up to be a must-win Sunday Night Football matchup on New Year’s Eve.
Versus the Panthers, the Packers’ top pass-catcher, unsurprisingly, was Romeo Doubs — who hauled in four receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. Beyond Doubs and Wicks, receivers Bo Melton, Samori Toure and Malik Heath combined for nine targets that turned into five receptions and just 44 yards.
Melton was activated from the practice squad this week, his third and final elevation for the 2023 season. If the team wants to play him against the Vikings, they’ll have to call him up to the 53-man roster. This is a tricky situation for Green Bay, as running back Emanuel Wilson, tight end Luke Musgrave and tackle Luke Tenuta were all given the designated to return status from the injured reserve last week. The numbers crunch on the 53-man roster will almost certainly reshape the roster moving forward, particularly if one or more of Watson, Reed and Wicks can’t suit up versus Minnesota.