The Green Bay Packers hit the practice field on Wednesday to start their on-field prep for Sunday’s home game against the New England Patriots
The Packers had nearly every player on the 53-man roster participate in some regard during Wednesday’s practice:
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Even though it was just a jog-through, it was great to see Alexander listed as an LP after he dropped out of Sunday’s game on the first series due to groin tightness. Alexander noted he felt his groin grab on the first play from scrimmage, but tried to play through it until he ultimately came off the field after allowing a reception to Bucs TE Cam Brate on a Deep Out where Alexander showed no burst or explosion out of his cut.
Along with Alexander, TE Marcedes Lewis continues to nurse a groin strain he suffered during or after the Bears game in Week 2. Both will need to be monitored, as groin injuries can linger and Green Bay Packers fans need look only as far as the Los Angeles Chargers to see how a bad groin injury can affect a player.
The other great sign from practice is LT David Bakhtiari was an LP today, even though Coach LaFleur noted in his presser that Bakhtiari would sit out today’s session. Instead, RT Elgton Jenkins sat out today as a planned day off but is expected back for tomorrow’s (9/29) practice while Bakhtiari will get the day off then. Expect this pattern to remain moving forward this season.
Rookie WR Christian Watson returned to practice after missing the Week 3 game in Tampa, a great sign for Watson’s chances to play against New England. The Green Bay Packers sorely missed Watson’s speed on Sunday and would benefit from his presence in both the Jet motion and deep shot aspects of the game.
Other new injuries for the Green Bay Packers include RB AJ Dillon (knee), LB Jonathan Garvin (illness), and OT Caleb Jones (illness); Jones was the only other DNP for the team.
One good sign is C Josh Myers was not listed on the injury report, which seems to confirm Wes Hodkiewicz’s tweet that Myers was indeed only suffering from cramping at the end of Sunday’s game when he needed to be replaced by C Jake Hanson for the final 2 plays on offense.
We’ll continue monitoring this week’s practice reports to give our insight into how healthy the Green Bay Packers are trending to be for Sunday’s game.