The Green Bay Packers will be without their speed receiver, Christian Watson, against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. According to the Packers’ final injury report of the week leading up to that Monday matchup, Watson has been ruled out of the game due to a hamstring injury that popped up on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Watson previously dealt with a hamstring injury earlier in the season, which cost him action in the first three games of the year. At this point, there is no indication how long Watson will be out for — but it is a positive sign that the team hasn’t placed him on the injured reserve, which would ensure that he would not play for several weeks.
In place of Watson, assume that Dontayvion Wicks, who is the team’s fourth-most played receiver, will see an uptick in snaps against the Giants. In the first month of the season, with Watson out, Wicks played between 50 percent and 66 percent of the team’s total offensive snaps per game. Since Watson returned to the lineup, though, Wicks’ snaps dropped to a 22 percent to 44 percent range.
Along with Watson, it’s unlikely that the Packers will be playing inside linebacker Quay Walker (shoulder), who was listed as doubtful for the game on Saturday. Assume that Isaiah McDuffie is going to get the majority of the snaps next to De’Vondre Campbell, though, McDuffie is often subbed out in obvious passing situations for Eric Wilson. Due to several injuries at the inside linebacker position in 2023, McDuffie is expected to make his seventh start of the season on Monday.
The players who the Packers listed as questionable for the game were cornerback Jaire Alexander (shoulder), running back Aaron Jones (knee), safety Darnell Savage (chest) and cornerback Eric Stokes (hamstring). Stokes is still on the injured reserve, but he is practicing with the team. When asked about his status, head coach Matt LaFleur stated that Stokes could “potentially” play against the Giants and actually see some defensive snaps in the game.
The players who were previously given statuses earlier in the week but are in for the game against the Giants are inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (neck), running back AJ Dillon (groin), outside linebacker Rashan Gary (shoulder), left guard Elgton Jenkins (shoulder), safety Jonathan Owens (knee), receiver Jayden Reed (chest) and defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt (elbow).
On the Giants’ side of the injury report, the biggest name to monitor is defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence — one of the most dominant nose tackles in the game. Lawrence was a limited participant throughout the week with a hamstring injury and has been called questionable by New York. If he can play, that would go a long way for the Giants’ interior line.