The Green Bay Packers placed wide receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Keisean Nixon on the non-football injury list on Tuesday, according to the league’s daily transaction report.
The non-football injury list is used by teams for players who are injured outside of practices or team-related activities. A player can come off the list at any time once cleared.
Both Watkins and Nixon were acquired by the Packers this offseason. Watkins spent last season with the Baltimore Ravens; Nixon with the Las Vegas Raiders. If healthy, both could play important roles for Matt LaFleur’s team in 2022.
Watkins, who has missed 10 games over the last two seasons, knows he must stay healthy to create a career revival in Green Bay.
Nixon could be a key backup at cornerback and a core special teamer for Rich Bisaccia, who he played for in Las Vegas.
Watkins’ placement on the list underscores why the Packers signed receiver Osirus Mitchell on Tuesday.
Watkins and Nixon are joining rookies Rasheed Walker, offensive tackle Caleb Jones and linebacker Caliph Brice on the non-football injury list.