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Packers expect Davante Adams and Morgan Burnett to return this week

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy expresses optimism that both can practice Monday, opening the door for a return this weekend.

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For most of the season, the Green Bay Packers have played without one of their top receivers and starting safeties, Davante Adams and Morgan Burnett. With the long bye week allowing additional time to recover, head coach Mike McCarthy believes both should return to the field this week.

"I think Morgan and Davante have a chance to practice, especially after the work they did during the San Diego week," McCarthy said during Monday's pre-practice press conference.

Burnett has played just one game this season due to a troublesome calf injury. Meanwhile, Adams has missed most of the last four weeks after suffering a severe ankle sprain against the Seattle Seahawks. The Packers have soldiered on without them, but with a difficult road matchup against the undefeated Denver Broncos looming, their return could prove integral to keeping their own record spotless.

"You want to have all your weapons," McCarthy said about Adams. "Davante, I thought he was one of the young players who jumped out. It would be great to have him back out there."

If either Burnett or Adams practices Monday, it may be a positive indication for their availability for Week 8. McCarthy plans to have the team in pads, a practice scenario that usually excludes anyone that may not be able to play in the upcoming game.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an NFL writer for SB Nation and Sports on Earth and is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America.