Packers Receive Concerning Injury Update On Offensive Star

NFL Analysis Network

Week 16 could not have gone much better for the Green Bay Packers. Not only did they defeat the Miami Dolphins to keep their playoff hopes alive, but all of the teams that they needed to lose that were ahead of them in the standings lost.

The New York Giants, Washington Commanders, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions all fell in Week 16, improving the Packers’ odds even more. Luckily for the Packers, they also seem to be in the clear when it comes to the health of rookie wide receiver Christian Watson.

Watson set a career-high for receptions in a game when he caught six in the first half against the Dolphins for 49 yards. However, his afternoon was cut short as he suffered a hip injury. He suffered the injury on the team’s final drive ahead of halftime after picking up 10 yards on 4th-and-1. That was a big play as it kept the drive alive, which the Packers ended with a field goal from Mason Crosby heading into halftime.

Alas, Watson remained on the sidelines for the rest of the day. Given the injuries that Watson has dealt with this season, as he missed time with hamstring and head ailments this season, the Packers could have been showing some caution not wanting to make the injury worse. It ended up not hurting the team as Aaron Rodgers was able to keep the offense moving without his emerging rookie.

After the game, Watson said that he was alright, but the update from head coach Matt LaFleur wasn’t nearly as positive. LaFleur called Watson day-to-day, which could be wide-ranging when figuring out his status for this weekend’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

In recent weeks, Watson has emerged as the team’s No. 1 receiver. He has gained the confidence of Rodgers and has provided a big-play ability to the offense, which has been absent for much of the season.

On the season Watson has caught 35 passes for 496 yards and seven touchdowns. He has added five rushes for 68 yards and two more scores as well.