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Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby underwent a minor scope procedure on his right knee two weeks ago, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

 

Crosby did not participate in Wednesday's opening practice of training camp after he was added to the Packers' active/PUP list last Friday. 

 

The 37-year-old said the scope was meant to address some lingering issues in his right kicking knee and that he doesn't "expect it be to a long, nagging thing." 
Crosby has yet to miss a single game during his 15-year career, while rookie Gabe Brkic should continue to handle Green Bay's kicking duties during the veteran's absence.

 

General Manager Brian Gutekunst said Wednesday that offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins (knee) is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

 

Finally some good news for the Packers' offensive line. Star left tackle David Bakhtiari underwent another surgery this offseason, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports, and Jenkins is the most logical replacement at that position.

 

Jenkins has demonstrated the ability to excel at all five offensive line positions and is by far his team's most valuable asset there until Bakhtiari returns.

 

Gutekunst described Watkins' unspecified injury as a "very short-term thing" after the wideout was placed on the non-football injury list for the start of training camp, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

 

Gutekunst seemed to say wide receiver Sammy Watkins is expected back before rookie wideout Christian Watson, who was placed on the PUP list after suffering an injury during OTAs. 

 

Watkins' spot on the NFI list suggests he was hurt while away from the team, but it doesn't sound like anything serious. He does have a sketchy medical record, with multiple missed games in all but two of his eight NFL seasons. 

 

Watkins has played 99 of a possible 129 regular-season games (76.7 percent) since entering the NFL as the fourth overall pick in 2014. 

 

He has a nice opportunity to earn snaps in Green Bay this year, but the 29-year-old hasn't reached 500 yards since 2019 and hasn't gone over 700 since 2015.

 

Green Bay activated DL Dean  Lowry off the PUP list Wednesday, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

 

There was never much concern that Lowry would miss extended time -- he hasn't missed a game since his rookie season in 2016.

 

He figures to be a starter and frequent contributor for the Packers' defensive line this season as he looks to build off of a career-high five sacks in 2021.

 

Green Bay activated RB Patrick  Taylor off the PUP list Wednesday, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

 

It's still unclear why Taylor was placed on the PUP list to begin with, but his term there lasted less than a week. 

 

He'll continue to compete for the Packers' third running back spot, and his toughest competition for that role, Kylin Hill, is still on the PUP list himself.

 

Green Bay activated OL Caleb Jones off the non-football injury list Wednesday, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

 

It's still unclear what type of injury Jones was dealing with, but whatever it was, it took him less than a week to come back . 

 

The gargantuan rookie will compete for a depth role on a Packers offensive line that is now precariously thin after the team lost utility knife Billy Turner this offseason and as cornerstone tackle David Bakhtiari continues to scuffle in his injury rehab efforts.

 

WR Ishmael Hyman signed a contract with the Packers on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

 

Hyman, who last played in the NFL during the 2019 season, will become the 13th wideout on Green Bay's 90-man offseason roster. 

 

The 26-year-old most recently saw action in the spring with the Michigan Panthers of the USFL, where he caught 15 of 22 targets for 158 yards and two touchdowns over four games. 

 

Hyman will face an uphill battle to make the Packers' final roster heading into the regular season.

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