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Packers’ Allen Lazard hits roadblock after career-best game with core muscle injury

Allen Lazard, Packers

Days after a career-best performance on “Sunday Night Football,” Green Bay Packers wide receive Allen Lazard is dealing with a core muscle injury that could potentially keep him out of action for an extended period of time.

Per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky:

Noted core muscle specialist Dr. William Meyers will look at Allen Lazard’s scans and will determine the next course of action (surgery or recovery) for the Packers WR, sources said. Obviously not a good sign for Lazard coming off his career best game.

With Davante Adams out with a hamstring injury, Lazard filled the void in Green Bay’s 37-30 victory over the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome on Sunday. Lazard had six catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. The third-year wideout has 13 catches for 254 yards and two scores early in the 2020 season.

If Lazard is forced to miss games, Adams’ timetable to return becomes all the more crucial to Aaron Rodgers and company. The star wideout posted 14 receptions, 156 yards, and two touchdowns in the team’s Week 1 win over the Minnesota Vikings, but he was forced to exit the Packers’ next game after three catches.

Adams returned to practice this week but clarified on Thursday that he won’t return to the field until his hamstring is fully recovered. He’ll have an extra day to recuperate as the undefeated Packers play on “Monday Night Football” against the winless Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons are in the exactly same boat with their top wideout, Julio Jones, who is also hoping a hamstring injury suffered in Week 2 can heal in time for Monday’s matchup.

If Lazard and/or Adams are unable to lace it up, Rodgers will once again look for receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Robert Tonyan, and he’ll probably find a way to make it work.

UPDATE:

Allen Lazard underwent surgery, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and his timeline to return is indefinite.