PACKERS.COM – Receiver Allen Lazard played through a core muscle injury during the Packers' 37-30 win over New Orleans on Sunday, Head Coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Friday morning.
LaFleur didn't specify how much time Lazard will miss, but praised the second-year receiver's toughness after he played 59 of the 62 offensive snaps (95%) against the Saints in spite of the injury.
Of course this happened! The Packers currently lead the league in points and yards - that kind of easy living wasn't just going to continue without a hitch! Especially when the talk of the offseason centered around the lack of weapons for Rodgers. It was the biggest problem of the 2019 season, and it was one many hoped would be addressed come draft night.
Obviously that didn't happen, but after an impressive performance from their receivers in week one, you began to wonder if maybe the front office knew exactly what they were doing. Davante Adams put up 156 yards and 2 TDs, Marquez Valdes-Scantling was just shy of 100 yards with one trip to the endzone, and Allen Lazard had a nice, solid game with 63 yards and a TD.
Then against Detroit the following week, Adams was injured and sat out the majority of the game. So Aaron Jones did typical Aaron Jones stuff and put up 236 total yards and 3 touchdowns.
It was basically an exact replica of the team's strategy in 2019. You don't wish for it, but when the star receiver is out, someone has to step up and fill the void. Aaron Jones was that guy last season, but after a breakout performance against the Saints on Sunday Night, it seemed like Rodgers had found himself his new go-to.
Naturally it only makes sense that after having the best game of his career (146 yards, 1 TD), Lazard would be forced to undergo surgery on an injury he sustained during that game.
"It's an unfortunate deal," LaFleur said. "He's as tough as they come. That's what you love about the guy. He's a gritty competitor. It's unfortunate but it is what it is. It's an opportunity for other guys to step up and make their mark."
Ughhhhh - it's just so frustrating! Lazard worked his ass off to get here and this is how fate rewards him? Really hate to see it happen to a guy like that. And now… who the hell is going to step up now? Adams may or may not be ready to go come Monday, so that leaves MVS, Darrius Sheppard, and Malik Taylor - a guy who surprised many when he made the 53-man roster - as the receivers. That's it. Those are the guys the team is giving Aaron Rodgers. And yes, if anybody can do it, Rodgers can do it, but that's not the point.
THIS is why he needed more receivers in the offseason! So when/if the star WR is injured, and the new #2 also becomes injured, the team isn't scrambling around signing guys to the practice squad because the team only has 3 viable receivers to work with. Not when that team was one win away from the Super Bowl the previous year, and especially not when that offense is off to the hottest start imaginable for Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers.
At least Monday Night is against Atlanta, right?