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Packers WR Trevor Davis practices, expected to return from IR in Week 11

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The Packers expect to get their top punt returner and gunner back in time for Week 11’s Thursday night tilt with the Seahawks.

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The Green Bay Packers anticipate receiving a boost to their special teams next week. On Wednesday, wide receiver and return man Trevor Davis practiced for the first time since before the regular season, and the team expects to activate him off injured reserve when he becomes eligible next week.

A hamstring injury landed Davis on IR in Week 2, leaving him eligible to return only after eight weeks had passed. It appears he will rejoin the 53-man roster just in time for the Packers’ Week 11 tilt with the Seattle Seahawks, a critical road matchup on Thursday Night Football. Davis’ eventual roster spot became available when Green Bay placed wide receiver Geronimo Allison on IR earlier this week and released defensive back Jermaine Whitehead.

Davis has spent most of his brief NFL career as a contributor to special teams, both as a gunner on coverage units and a returner. Davis would immediately become attractive for both roles again given the Packers’ prolonged special-teams issues this season. Davis would also add modest depth in the receiving corps.

Once the Packers officially activate Davis, they will have one IR-return designation left at their disposal. Fellow wideout Jake Kumerow also remains eligible to return, as do offensive lineman Kyle Murphy and, after several more weeks, cornerback Davon House.