Davante Adams was held out of Thursday’s practice with an ankle injury that initially left him limited to begin the week. Adams sustained his injury partway through Week 10’s game against Jacksonville and was briefly forced out of the game, but he returned and later caught a touchdown pass that helped seal the Packers’ 24-20 win.
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A downgrade at practice may not necessarily mean the worst for Adams’ status this Sunday, but it could prove troublesome for the Packers with more than one of their receivers uncertain to play.
Allen Lazard was designated for return from injured reserve Tuesday and could be on track to play his first game since Week 3, but he is still being limited in practice as he works back from core-muscle surgery in early October. The Packers also have wideouts Darrius Shepherd (shoulder) and Equanimeous St. Brown (knee) on the injury report; though, both had their status elevated on Thursday with Shepherd now a full participant.
The Packers also had three other no-gos at Thursday’s practice with defensive lineman Montravius Adams and punt returner Tyler Ervin each missing their second straight session. Veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis was also held out with a knee injury after taking limited work on Wednesday.
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Adams Elaborates on Playing Through Injury
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers couldn’t say enough good things about Adams following Week 10’s win over the Jaguars, particularly how he battled through his injury and returned to the field at a crucial time for the Packers. From Adams’ perspective, though, staying out of the game was never an option.
“It was difficult coming back from it just because something that’s that fresh and it’s an ankle,” Adams told reporters on Wednesday. “Obviously, you guys know the way that I play, very aggressive feet, so any time my ankles are limited, it’s going to be tough for me. Coming back into that game, I knew I couldn’t stay out of that game after dealing with what I dealt with against Detroit earlier in the year, coming out. I kind of owed it to my teammates, myself, just wanting to get back out there and contribute the best that I could.”
The Packers have played it safe with their star players this year, including Adams when he missed two starts with a hamstring injury. He sounded ready to return for Week 4’s prime-time game against the Atlanta Falcons, but they decided to hold him back with their bye week immediately following.
Adams also acknowledged a hamstring injury is more limiting than his current ankle issue.
“I’m just playing it slow right now, letting it heal up as much as possible,” Adams said. “We’re doing all of the right things to make sure I can be on top of the game by Sunday. Not even going to go there as far as guaranteeing if I’m playing or not, but that’s the idea. Any time where I feel like I can come back into a game like that, typically speaking, my mental going into the next week is that I’ll be able to roll.”