Packers' Watkins, Bucs' Godwin ruled out for Sunday's game

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (11) is shown at an NFL football game between the Packers and Bears Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis. Watkins is the Packers' leading receiver and caught three passes for 93 yards in a Sunday night victory over the Chicago Bears.

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (11) is shown at an NFL football game between the Packers and Bears Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis. Watkins is the Packers' leading receiver and caught three passes for 93 yards in a Sunday night victory over the Chicago Bears. Associated Press

  • Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sammy Watkins catches a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis.

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Sammy Watkins catches a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis. Associated Press

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) gains yardage after catching a pass as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) gives chase in the first half of a NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) gains yardage after catching a pass as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) gives chase in the first half of a NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 9/23/2022 3:54 PM

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay's Tom Brady and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers will be working without some of their top receivers Sunday when the seven-time Super Bowl winner and four-time MVP face off.

The injury report released Friday ruled Green Bay's Sammy Watkins and Tampa Bay's Chris Godwin out for Sunday's game at Tampa. The Buccaneers already were planning to play without wide receiver Mike Evans , who received a one-game suspension for his role in an on-field brawl during the Bucs' 20-10 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

 

Godwin will be missing a second straight game. Watkins played Sunday night and had three catches for 93 yards in the Packers' 27-10 triumph over the Chicago Bears.

Other receivers could be missing as well.

Tampa Bay's Russell Gage (hamstring), Julio Jones (knee) and Breshad Perriman (knee) and Green Bay's Randall Cobb (illness) and Christian Watson (hamstring) are listed as questionable. Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis (groin) also is questionable.

Gage, Watson and Cobb didn't practice Friday. Jones, Perriman and Lewis were limited practice participants.

The Packers did get some good news Friday, as offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) and wide receiver Allen Lazard (ankle) were limited practice participants. Lazard hadn't practiced Thursday.

Lazard had no status listed next to his name on the injury report, an indication he should be available to play. Bakhtiari is listed as questionable as he attempts to appear in a game for just the second time since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 31, 2020.

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Tampa Bay defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game. Bucs running back Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is questionable and tight end Cade Otton (personal) and tackle Donovan Smith (elbow) are doubtful.

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