GREEN BAY, Wis. — The perfect hope for any of the Inexperienced Bay Packers’ prime three receivers to play Sunday rests with Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and he is coping with a pair of accidents.
Davante Adams will not go for the third straight week due to turf toe, and Geronimo Allison remained within the concussion protocol and was listed as uncertain for Sunday’s sport towards the Oakland Raiders.
That leaves Valdes-Scantling, who didn’t observe all week however held out hope that his left knee and left ankle accidents would made vital enhancements earlier than the 1 p.m. ET kickoff at Lambeau Area.
In any other case, barring a late roster transfer, the Packers’ receiver group could have three former undrafted free brokers (Allen Lazard, Jake Kumerow and Darrius Shepherd) with a mixed 18 profession NFL catches, plus a veteran signed off the road this week (Ryan Grant) who has by no means performed in a sport with Aaron Rodgers.
Valdes-Scantling is listed as questionable on the harm report. When requested Friday which harm was bothering him extra, he mentioned, “Each.”
Valdes-Scantling returned to Monday evening’s sport towards the Detroit Lions after his second-quarter harm and made a 46-yard catch within the fourth quarter of the Packers’ comeback win. When requested how he returned, he mentioned, “Adrenaline is a superb drug.”
He walked by way of the locker room on Friday along with his left ankle wrapped and a small digital stim machine connected to his knee.
“I used to be actually, actually happy with him how he battled and stayed within the sport and confirmed some toughness, as a result of we would have liked him,” coach Matt LaFleur mentioned. “And he undoubtedly supplied an enormous spark on that catch.”
For Adams, the hope is that he can return for subsequent Sunday’s prime-time sport on the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
“Subsequent week’s not out of the query,” Adams mentioned Thursday. “It may be everyday.”
Final week, Adams mentioned his turf toe “would not really feel how I would like it to really feel,” however on Thursday, he mentioned it feels “1,000,000 instances higher.”
The Packers additionally may very well be short-handed at tight finish, though Jimmy Graham (ankle) returned to observe Friday and was faraway from the harm report. Nonetheless, fellow tight finish Robert Tonyan (hip) was listed as uncertain.
Lazard was the hero of Monday evening’s win over the Lions with 4 catches for 65 yards — all within the fourth quarter — together with his first NFL landing. That got here after Shepherd dropped a cross close to the objective line that ricocheted off his fingers and was intercepted.
Grant signed with the Packers on Wednesday and went by way of a crash course within the offense.
“It has been a grind,” mentioned the sixth-year veteran with 123 catches for 3 completely different groups. “Actually simply been honing in on the performs and attempting to be taught as a lot as I can for this weekend and simply taking it a day at a time and attempting to be taught as a lot as doable to assist us on Sunday.”