With no playoff berth to play for, the Green Bay Packers are making some tough decisions about their injured players in the final two weeks of the season. Aaron Rodgers going back on injured reserve was the first step, but as of Thursday morning, the team has ruled one other notable player out for Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
That player is wide receiver Davante Adams, and that decision by the team should come as a sigh of relief for fans hoping that Adams would be shut down for the remainder of the season. Adams of course suffered a concussion on Sunday on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Thomas Davis, his second such concussion this season.
Although Adams will be inactive on Sunday, McCarthy said on Wednesday that the team has not yet discussed shutting Adams down for the season: “there’s a plan for each player and he’s taking one of the steps in the protocol as far as the work he’s going to do.” Still, the team may decide to deactivate him in week 17 as well even if he does complete the protocol in an effort to keep him protected as he goes into a critical offseason as an unrestricted free agent.
The team also has several other injured players who will be evaluated and will show up on the injury report this week. That group includes outside linebackers Nick Perry and Clay Matthews, both of whom missed practice on Wednesday along with right guard Jahri Evans. McCarthy indicated that Perry is less likely to play on Saturday than Matthews, however.
Stay tuned for the full injury report on Thursday afternoon.