Apr 26, 2023; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) addresses the media during the introductory press conference at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers honors word, works out with Jets on Thursday

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers made good on his word that he would work out with the team on Thursday.

Rodgers, 39, vowed during his introductory press conference Wednesday that he’d be on the field.

The Jets released a video of Rodgers’ involvement over social media, showing the QB throwing a pass to former Green Bay Packers teammate Allen Lazard.

A four-time NFL MVP, Rodgers added Wednesday that he intends to be at the team’s offseason programs. The Jets’ OTAs are slated to start on May 22, while the team’s mandatory minicamp will be from June 13-15.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrate together after connecting for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Lazard happy to join Jets, awaits Aaron Rodgers

New York Jets wide receiver Allen Lazard said he’s looking forward to a likely reunion with his former quarterback.

While nothing is official on the Aaron Rodgers front, the four-time NFL MVP has made his intentions known that he wants to play for the Jets in 2023.

“Obviously, standing here today, it feels good knowing that 12’s going to be my quarterback again,” Lazard said in a Zoom call with reporters on Friday.

Lazard, 27, signed a four-year, $44 million contract to join the Jets.

He caught 60 passes for 788 yards and six touchdowns in 15 starts with the Green Bay Packers in 2022. He has 169 receptions for 2,236 yards and 20 TDs in 57 games (40 starts) since signing with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2018.

“As a wide receiver, the best relationship you can have is with the quarterback, and the relationship I have with him has been phenomenal,” Lazard said of Rodgers. “Obviously, there’s an inclination that he’s coming here, but … after the season, after the last game, in the locker room, I mentioned how I have to worry about myself and take care of what’s best for me and I can’t worry about other people.

“Me and my decision coming here was purely based off that and making sure that I’m doing what’s best for my career. Obviously, him being here, it definitely helps the entire organization to be able to take that next step, make a deep playoff run and go win that Lombardi Trophy.”

Lazard admitted Friday that he felt the Packers showed little interest in welcoming him back.

“They didn’t seem like they were going to miss me too much,” he said.

Lazard joins a wide receivers room that includes Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore, Corey Davis and Denzel Mims.

He also will be reunited with Nathaniel Hackett, who was hired as the Jets offensive coordinator after being fired as head coach of the Denver Broncos in December. Hackett was the OC in Green Bay from 2019-21.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) leaps over Washington Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) while attempting to score a touchdown during the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Packers WR Allen Lazard ‘probably not’ playing vs. Buffalo

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard said Thursday he expects to miss this week’s game against the Buffalo Bills after injuring his shoulder last week.

Lazard added he’s not concerned long term about the shoulder but responded “probably not” when asked about playing Sunday.

Lazard missed practice for a second consecutive day Thursday.

Lazard said he was injured on the final play of the third quarter in last week’s loss to the Washington Commanders, describing how it felt.

“A pop. Crack. Snack, crackle pop,” Lazard told reporters, referencing Rice Krispies cereal. “The three rice crispy men showed up, too.”

Lazard, 26, has 26 catches for 340 yards and four touchdowns in six starts this season. He missed Week 1 with an ankle injury after getting stepped on in practice.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (throwing thumb) was back Thursday as a limited participant after sitting out Wednesday’s practice. He might not recognize his receivers on the practice field.

In addition to Lazard’s absence, Randall Cobb is on injured reserve, and wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Romeo Doubs were limited for the second consecutive day with hamstring injuries. The top wide receiver in terms of receptions in 2022 available to practice Thursday was rookie Christian Watson, who has seven receptions for 52 yards. Watson was inactive the past two games.

Left tackle David Bakhtiari did not participate Thursday after being limited on Wednesday. Bakhtiari called his knee a “fluid situation” but didn’t elaborate. He missed last week’s game.

“That situation’s going to be fluid the rest of the year,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday.

Linebacker Rashan Gary (concussion) was a limited participant Thursday after missing Wednesday. Cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles (ankle) did not participate. Guard Elgton Jenkins (knee) was limited after a DNP on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) stretches during Packers Family Night at Lambeau Field on Aug. 5, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis.

Gpg Familynight 080522 Sk39

Packers top WR Allen Lazard returns to practice

Green Bay Packers No. 1 wideout Allen Lazard is returning to practice Wednesday after missing the team’s season opener.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Lazard, who sustained an ankle injury after being stepped on two weeks ago in practice, would be returning in the week’s first practice for Week 2.

“Yeah, he’ll be out there,” LaFleur said.

Lazard was sorely missed in Green Bay’s 23-7 loss to Minnesota in Week 1. Backup running back A.J. Dillon led the team in receptions – five catches for 46 yards on a team-high six targets.

Rookie wideout Romeo Doubs was second with four catches for 37 yards. Sunday starter Christian Watson dropped a sure-fire TD pass from Aaron Rodgers that made the rounds on national highlights coming out of the game.

Starters Randall Cobb had just two catches for 14 yards and Sammy Watkins hauled in three catches for 18 yards.

Lazard, 26, has 109 career catches for 1,448 yards and 14 touchdowns in 42 games (25 starts) since the Packers signed him in December 2018. He was an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State.

LaFleur wouldn’t say if offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) would be participating Wednesday.

The Packers (0-1) host the rival Chicago Bears (1-0) on Sunday night.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) wipes the sweat off his face during training camp on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.

Gpg Training Camp 08012022 0004

Packers top WR Allen Lazard misses practice

Green Bay Packers No. 1 wide receiver Allen Lazard missed the team’s first game-week practice on Wednesday after getting stepped on last week.

Lazard also missed practice Wednesday of last week and again Monday. The reason was a mystery until Packers coach Matt LaFleur gave an update.

“He will not be practicing today. He got stepped on last week. That’s where we’re at with him,” LaFleur said Wednesday.

LaFleur did not say which body part got stepped on, though the team’s first injury report will be released later Wednesday. It’s expected that Lazard will be listed as questionable for Week 1.

Lazard, 26, is one of a cadre of wideouts looking to fill the shoes of the departed Davante Adams, who signed with the Las Vegas Raiders in the offseason.

Lazard has 109 career catches for 1,448 yards and 14 touchdowns in 42 games (25 starts) since the Packers signed him in December 2018. He was an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State.

Lazard, Randall Cobb and Sammy Watkins were listed as the starters on the team’s first official depth chart. Wideouts Christian Watkins, Romeo Doubs, Amari Rodgers and Samori Toure are also on the 53-man roster.

The Packers open their season at Minnesota on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) reacts after making a touchdown catch during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Packers WR Allen Lazard returns after signing RFA tender

Aaron Rodgers won’t be losing all of his key wide receivers in 2022.

After being absent from the team’s minicamp last week amid speculation he was seeking a long-term contract extension, Allen Lazard signed his restricted free-agent tender on Monday.

NFL Network reported earlier Monday Lazard’s intention to sign his tender worth nearly $4 million next season. He later confirmed the news by tweeting a photo of him inking the agreement.

Lazard, 26, comes off his best statistical year in his fourth NFL season. In a career-high 13 starts (15 games), he posted 40 receptions for 513 yards along with eight touchdown catches. He ranked second on the team in both receiving yards and TD receptions behind five-time Pro Bowler Davante Adams.

In 42 career games (25 starts), Lazard has 109 catches for 1,448 yards and 14 touchdowns with Green Bay. The 6-foot-5 wideout was originally signed as an undrafted free agent (Iowa State) by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018. The Packers snagged him off the Jaguars’ practice squad later that December.

With Adams (123 catches, 1,553 yards, 11 TDs in 2021) gone after engineering a trade to the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason — plus two other free-agent departures (Marquez Valdes-Scantling to Kansas City Chiefs, Equanimeous St. Brown to Chicago Bears) — the Packers will also have rookie wideout Christian Watson in the mix for targets. Green Bay traded up to select Watson out of North Dakota State in the second round (34th overall pick) in April’s draft.

–Field Level Media

Aaron Rodgers before a game against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 28.

Syndication Arizona Republic

Report: Packers, Aaron Rodgers fined for COVID-19 violations

The Green Bay Packers were fined $300,000 by the NFL on Tuesday for COVID-19 violations, while quarterback Aaron Rodgers was fined $14,600, ESPN reported.

The Packers’ fine was for violations of protocols that were agreed upon by all teams, including Rodgers not wearing a mask during sessions with the media.

Rodgers was not personally fined for his lack of mask wearing, but instead was disciplined for attending a Halloween party. Also fined $14,600 for attending the same party was wide receiver Allen Lazard.

Unvaccinated players are prohibited from attending a gathering of more than three people, per an agreement with the NFL and the league’s players’ association.

According to the report, the NFL’s investigation included reviews of video from the Packers’ facility, with Rodgers and Lazard spotted not wearing face masks where required.

Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was forced to miss the Packers’ 13-7 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Rodgers’ replacement, Jordan Love, passed for 190 yards with a touchdown and an interception as Green Bay’s winning streak ended at seven games.

The NFL’s investigation was prompted after Rodgers tested positive. He is eligible to return to the team Saturday, the first day following a 10-day isolation period.

Additional COVID-19 protocol violations by the Packers would result in further discipline that could be as punishing as losing a pick in the next NFL draft.

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) catches a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter  at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Tork Mason/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers WR Adams misses practice, plans to play Sunday

Davante Adams didn’t practice on Thursday because of an injured ankle, but the Green Bay Packers’ leading receiver said he plans to play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Adams, who has 61 catches for 741 yards and nine touchdowns this year, suffered the injury during this past Sunday’s win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After leaving the game temporarily, he returned to catch the game-winning touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter.

Adams, a three-time Pro Bowler who missed two games earlier this season with an injured hamstring, is confident he will be on the field when the Packers (7-2) face the Colts (6-3).

Adams’ 61 catches are at least 33 more than any Packers player, and no teammate has more than 463 yards receiving (Marquez Valdes-Scantling).

“I’m just playing it slow right now and just letting it heal up as much as possible,” Adams, who was limited in what he could do in practice on Wednesday, told reporters. “We’re doing all the right things to make sure I can be on top of the game by Sunday. I’m not even going to go there as far as guaranteeing that if I’m playing or not, but that’s the idea.”

While Adams is questionable for Sunday’s game, so is receiver Allen Lazard, who hasn’t played since injuring a core muscle during a victory over the New Orleans Saints. Lazard has been limited in two practices since being activated on Tuesday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 27, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) catches a pass over New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Packers activate WR Lazard from IR

The Green Bay Packers activated wideout Allen Lazard off injured reserve on Tuesday.

Lazard missed the Packers’ last six games with a core-muscle injury that required surgery.

The team designated Lazard for return on Oct. 28, opening a 21-day practice window for the Packers to activate him. Wednesday was the deadline to activate the third-year player or have him be shut down for the rest of the season, by rule. Whether he’s actually ready to return this week against the Indianapolis Colts remains to be seen. Lazard did not practice last Friday.

Lazard takes one of the Packers’ two open roster spots with running back AJ Dillon and linebacker Krys Barnes still on COVID-19 reserve.

Lazard’s last game, in Week 3 against New Orleans, was a monster. With No. 1 wideout Davante Adams sidelined, Lazard caught six passes for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Lazard has 13 receptions for 254 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

–Field Level Media