The Green Bay Packers have another weapon for Aaron Rodgers as the team gets ready for its week 13 game against the Arizona Cardinals. The team is reactivating wide receiver Jake Kumerow from injured reserve, according to a report from ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. Kumerow, who led the team in receiving yards this preseason despite playing in just two games, appears likely to suit up on the active gameday roster on Sunday.
If he indeed is one of the 46 active players in the Packers’ next game, it is entirely possible that Kumerow could end up receiving significant playing time on offense. He appeared to have earned Aaron Rodgers’ trust during training camp and has been a topic of discussion around the team this week. If he is indeed active, Sunday would be the first regular season game of his career, as he was a gameday inactive during the one week he spent on the 53-man roster in Cincinnati back in 2016.
In the days leading up to last Sunday’s loss in Minnesota, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport said that fans should “not be surprised if (Kumerow) has a major role in this Packers offense” when he returns, so keep an eye on him to take some significant snaps in the next game. Randall Cobb appears to be a good bet to return to game action on Sunday, which would likely mean that Kumerow would compete for snaps with Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown.
To make room for Kumerow, the Packers will need to make a matching transaction. Demovsky notes that the team is likely to place a player on injured reserve. One possibility is wide receiver and kick return specialist Trevor Davis. Davis returned from injured reserve for two games, but reaggravated his hamstring injury on Sunday against the Vikings and missed the second half of the game.
Stay tuned for news on what that matching transaction will be.