Last Thursday night, the only concern about Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams was whether or not he would be able to walk and function normally again.
Here we are, five days later, with a report that Adams could actually play football on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. That report comes from a league source via ESPN’s Adam Schefter, whose source said that “I think he goes” — referring to Adams playing this weekend.
Adams of course took a brutal hit from Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan in Thursday night’s game, and was motionless on the field for a few minutes before being carted off the field and taken to a local hospital. However, by Friday afternoon he was released from the hospital, having been cleared of any damage to his head, neck, and spinal cord, and receiving a diagnosis of only a concussion.
(Editor’s note: “only a concussion” is a phrase I am uncomfortable with writing, but given the potential for much greater damage, it represents the best-case scenario following that hit.)
It would be stunning for Adams to be able to return to the playing field after just nine days off in between games, but it is important to note that each individual deals with concussion symptoms differently. In fact, Adams himself suffered a concussion against the Cowboys last season, but was cleared to play four days later against the Bears on Thursday night.
About a year later, the reverse is apparently a possibility. Still, Adams must clear the NFL’s concussion protocol before being eligible to return to practice or to the playing field.
Even if he does suit up on Sunday, however, Adams might see his snaps limited. The Packers have a trio of healthy and productive receivers in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Geronimo Allison, all of whom have averaged around 50 receiving yards per game on the young season.