Getting those two back would be a huge boost on both sides of the ball, but the Packers could be without a few key members of the defense. OLB Z’Darius Smith, coming off his best game of the season, is questionable with an ankle injury. A good pass rush vital to slowing down Tom Brady and the Bucs offense. Cornerback Kevin King is dealing with a quad injury that caused him to leave the Falcons game. The bye week might not be enough to get him on the field on this Sunday because he has only been able to practice on Friday. The cornerback opposite to Kevin King, Jaire Alexander, was limited with hand/knee issues. This seems to be a common trend with Jaire. Pending a setback, I fully expect him to play on Sunday. Slot cornerback Chandon Sullivan suffered a concussion against Atlanta, but he should be good to go on Sunday. The Packers will need all hands on deck in the secondary with a potential matchup with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Running back/return man Tyler Ervin has yet to practice this week with a wrist injury. If he can’t go, it will be interesting to see who returns punts/kicks for the Packers. Ervin has been a spark in the return game and on offense since his arrival last year.
Rookie linebacker Kamal Martin and WR Equanimeous St. Brown returned to practice off of injured reserve on Monday. The Packers officially activated St. Brown to the roster on Saturday. They still have three weeks from the day he returned to practice to decide on Martin.
Sunday will be a good litmus test for the Packers. The status of both the Bucs star WR’s is still in question as of Friday afternoon. Tampa has been one of the most penalized teams in the NFL so far. If the Packers stay disciplined and don’t turn the ball over, they should leave Tampa 5-0.