At this rate, the Green Bay Packers will have some trouble suiting up enough players to make it to a full 46-man roster on Sunday as they close out the season against the Detroit Lions. Wednesday’s practice saw a full eight players sit out, all of whom have been key starters for the team at various points this season.
Three of these non-participants on Wednesday were wide receivers, with WR1 Davante Adams the top name among the group. He took a day off to nurse a knee injury, which he suffered in Sunday’s win over the New York Jets. However, following the injury, he was able to return and catch several passes, including the game-winner. With the team single-season record for receptions just two catches away, expect Adams to suit up against the Lions this weekend.
Joining him on the non-participation list were fellow receivers Randall Cobb and Equanimeous St. Brown, who both are in the concussion protocol. St. Brown landed there after a particularly tough hit to the head along the sideline on Sunday, after which he did not return. Cobb continued to sit out after suffering his concussion against the Bears two weeks ago.
Cornerback Jaire Alexander missed Wednesday too, sitting with a groin injury that caused him to leave Sunday’s game in the first half. Alexander had been playing with Tony Brown and Bashaud Breeland early on, and Josh Jackson replaced him in the lineup. It seems entirely likely that he will sit on Sunday, giving more reps to those players and perhaps newcomer Natrell Jamerson.
The team also sat four more veterans — left tackle David Bakhtiari, backup tackle Jason Spriggs, tight end Jimmy Graham, and edge rusher Clay Matthews. Stay tuned later this week to see if those players end up likely to play. Spriggs is probably the least likely to suit up, as he is still in the concussion protocol.
Meanwhile, Detroit had several players out as well on Wednesday, with several starters among their group. Two defensive tackles sat along with their top receiver and a pair of key cornerbacks.
Stay tuned Thursday to see if any of these key players return to practice.
Packers Wednesday Practice Report
Did Not Participate
- WR Davante Adams (knee)
- CB Jaire Alexander (groin)
- OT David Bakhtiari (hip)
- WR Randall Cobb (concussion)
- TE Jimmy Graham (knee/thumb)
- OLB Clay Matthews (back)
- OT Jason Spriggs (concussion)
- WR Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion)
- S Kentrell Brice (ankle)
- OT Bryan Bulaga (knee)
- G Lucas Patrick (abdomen)
- G Lane Taylor (knee)
- WR Jake Kumerow (hand)
- QB Aaron Rodgers (knee/groin)
Lions Wednesday Practice Report
Did Not Participate
- DB Quandre DIggs (back)
- WR Kenny Golladay (chest)
- DT Damon Harrison (ankle)
- DT A’Shawn Robinson (knee)
- CB DeShawn Shead (knee)
- TE Luke Willson (concussion)
- CB Jamal Agnew (knee)
- RB LeGarrette Blount (knee)
- QB Matthew Stafford (back)