On Monday before his team took the field for its fourth training camp practice, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media on a handful of topics relating to his team. The Packers had held their first fully-padded practice on Saturday before having a day off on Sunday, and there were a few injuries to address.
The one significant injury involved third-round draft pick Montravius Adams, the defensive tackle from Auburn. Adams suffered a foot injury on Saturday, and McCarthy confirmed that he will be out for a significant period of time. “I don’t have the specifics of how that’s going, but he’ll be out multiple weeks,” McCarthy said.
This is a disappointing blow for a young player who was expected to play a notable depth role up front this season. He was likely fighting for the fifth spot on the depth chart, battling among a group that includes Christian Ringo and Brian Price. Given his status as a third-round pick, it is difficult to imagine the Packers cutting him at the end of camp, even given his injury. However, this setback will likely cost him most if not all of training camp.
Furthermore, the injury occurred after the start of camp, meaning that Adams is not eligible for the PUP list. If his injury is even more serious than McCarthy is indicating, he could be eligible for an Injured Reserve spot, potentially being designated for return later on in the season. If that is the case, however, he would have to be placed on IR after the final cut-down to the 53-man roster. Stay tuned over the next few weeks to see how the Packers address his situation moving forward.
Moving from the defensive line to the offensive line, McCarthy addressed how the offensive front can be expected to maintain a strong level of play despite the loss of three key players on the interior over the past year. He referred that back to the leadership present on that unit: “There’s a standard that’s set, the maturity, the veteran leadership. (OL coach) James Campen is outstanding. He’s one of the best in the business.” He also mentioned Jahri Evans’ addition being a positive, saying “I think it always helps when you bring in a veteran that can bring another viewpoint into the group.”