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Green Bay Packers place Sammy Watkins on injured reserve

The Green Bay Packers have placed wide receiver Sammy Watkins on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Watkins, who has a hamstring injury, had already been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the IR designation, he is out for a minimum of four games and could not return before Oct. 1. 23 against Washington.

The only one of the Packers’ top four wide receivers who has been cleared to play and removed from the injury report is Allen Lazard, who has been limited in practice this week due to the ankle injury that kept him out of the opening the season. Lazard returned for last week’s game against the Chicago Bears and is the only receiver on the roster to catch a touchdown this season.

Watkins, 29, has six catches for a team-high 111 yards in the first two games. He caught three passes for 93 yards against the Bears.

Watkins also dealt with hamstring issues last season with the Baltimore Ravens, when he had 27 receptions for 394 yards and a touchdown to set career lows in all three categories. Watkins had injuries for much of his career, which began in 2014 when the Buffalo Bills selected him from Clemson with the No. 4 overall pick in the draft.

The Packers on Saturday also signed RB Patrick Taylor to the active roster and elevated WR Juwann Winfree to the active roster for game day.

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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