As the Green Bay Packers approach their Week 5 tilt with the Dallas Cowboys, several injured players have made meaningful strides towards returning. On Thursday, head coach Mike McCarthy said Davante Adams will ramp up his individual work despite remaining in the concussion protocol while Ty Montgomery plans to participate in his first padded work since breaking multiple ribs.
The news marks the second time Adams, who went to the hospital following a vicious hit from Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan, will participate in practice on a limited basis this week. Though his status remains up in the air until he clears medically, The practice work reinforces earlier reports that he expects to suit up Sunday.
As for Montgomery, the prospect of playing running back despite multiple broken ribs remains a somewhat dicey. The Packers have typically taken a highly conservative approach to player injuries, and Montgomery's long-term importance to the offense could outweigh the benefit of having him available for a key tilt in Dallas. However, if Montgomery convinces the staff that he can remain effective while wearing additional padding, he might receive the chance to play some sort of role on game day.
As for the Cowboys, All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith will miss Thursday's practice and could potentially miss Sunday's game. Head coach Jason Garrett said the team hopes he can return for some practice work on Friday. If not, backup Byron Bell would step in to protect quarterback Dak Prescott's blindside.