Packers Wide Receiver Returns to Practice

The Green Bay Packers have lost four straight games due in large part to a struggling passing attack, but they found some reason for optimism at Wednesday's practice. Wide receiver Allen Lazard was present for today's session after missing Sunday Night Football's 27-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Lazard suffered a shoulder injury late in the Packers' Week 7 23-21 loss to the Washington Commanders. The Packers were largely dominated in Week 8, trailing 27-10 in the fourth quarter against the Bills before adding a mostly meaningless touchdown to preserve a shred of dignity.

Lazard's return should provide the Packers with a much-needed boost ahead of a surprisingly critical Week 9 showdown against their NFC North rival Detroit Lions. He remains the Packers' leading receiver despite two missed games, totalling 340 receiving yards and four touchdowns in his six appearances. He has been arguably the lone bright spot on a Packers' passing attack that ranks 22nd in passing yards and 23rd in net passing yards per attempt.

Lazard initially joined the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2018 following a four-year stint at Iowa State. He carved out a significant role for himself in his second season, emerging as an explosive, big-bodied big-play threat, totalling 1441 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging 9.1 yards per target from 2019 to 2021. He was expected to see an increase in targets this year following the departure of All-Pro Davante Adams.
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