The Green Bay Packers will be playing two games in five days when they battle their division rivals, the Detroit Lions, on Thursday night. They will have momentum on their side, though, following their incredible comeback victory against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday — one that saw them score 18 points in the fourth quarter to escape with an unlikely 18-17 win against New Orleans.
The Packers also got some massive news on the Christian Watson front on Tuesday, and it will surely fire up Cheeseheads everywhere.
Christian Watson Primed for Green Bay Packers Season Debut
After injuring his hamstring even before the new season started, Watson has been forced to sit out all three of Green Bay’s games thus far. It appears that this will all change come Thursday.
Watson himself revealed on Tuesday that he intends to play against the Lions:
“That’s the plan, that’s the plan. Yes sir,” Watson said, via Zach Kruse of Packers Wire.
The 24-year-old was listed as a limited participant during Tuesday’s practice, but the mere fact that he was able to partake in the walkthrough bodes well for his chances to suit up on Thursday.
Head coach Matt LaFleur did say that Watson will still need to be given the green light by the medical staff before his playing status becomes official. However, if you ask the second-year wide receiver, it appears that he’s confident that he will be available for the Lions game.
“I’m feeling really good with where I’m at,” Watson said.
This has been a long time coming and Green Bay could sure use one of their key offensive weapons back on the field at the soonest possible time. Watson noted that they did not rush his return, which is why it has taken him some time to get over his hamstring issue:
“There was no date for me. As soon as I was feeling I could be Christian Watson was when I was going to go out there,” Watson said. “Whenever I was ready.”
Aaron Jones Also Returns to Practice on Tuesday
There’s more good news for Green Bay coming out of Tuesday’s practice. Running back Aaron Jones, who has missed the team’s last two games due to a hamstring injury, was listed as limited on the injury report on Monday. However, according to WR Romeo Doubs, Jones will also be available on Thursday (h/t Myles Simmons of PFT).
Jones is also integral to Green Bay’s offense, and it goes without saying that his return to action should have a significant impact on the team. At this point, things are trending in the right direction for the Packers.