The season started out well for Packers’ third year receiver Geronimo Allison. He was the clear No. 2 option after Davante Adams and was, until recently, providing the team with consistent offense down the field. However, Allison’s season is now in jeopardy according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced that Allison had a “significant” core muscle injury and had met with Dr. William Meyers. Rapoport reports that the injury could sideline the wideout for roughly six weeks, nearly the remainder of the regular season, and thus the team could place him on injured reserve.
Allison has been snake-bitten, having missed games with a number of soft tissue injuries, but this one sounds particularly painful as core muscle surgery isn’t something you see every day. Dr. Meyer is familiar with Packer players as, per Tom Silverstein, he has recently operated on Quinten Rollins and Damarious Randall. The typical recovery time for this injury is around six weeks, meaning it is very likely that Allison will be placed on IR, ending his season.
Allison’s injuries provided an opportunity for rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and he jumped on it, recently leading all Packer receivers with 101 yards against New England, for his second 100-yard game of the season. While it’s unfortunate whenever a player loses a position to an injury, when Allison does return, there is no guaranty he will have anything near the same level of playing time.