The Green Bay Packers practiced in full pads on Thursday, preparing for one of the toughest games of the early part of the team’s 2018 schedule. With the Minnesota Vikings coming to town in week two, all eyes will be on the Packers’ injured stars, Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams. Although there was no change in the practice status for the team’s star quarterback — he remained a non-participant due to his knee injury — there was good news for the top wide receiver.
Adams was listed as a limited participant in Thursday’s practice, a step up from Wednesday when he did not participate. Adams is dealing with a shoulder injury that he suffered in the fourth quarter of the Packers’ week one win over the Chicago Bears, and although his public comments indicate that he intends to play, that status is not quite certain.
Last year, Adams played in just one of the Packers’ two games against Minnesota. He caught five of ten targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in week six, the game when Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone. However, he was inactive for the week 16 contest, as he had suffered a concussion the week before on a dirty hit by Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis.
As for Rodgers, both he and head coach Mike McCarthy have said that the two-time MVP does not need to practice at all this week to be ready to play on Sunday. It is possible that he could suit up in some fashion on Saturday, but barring some unexpected setback, he will probably sit until Sunday afternoon rolls around.
The one notable addition to the Vikings’ report is defensive end Everson Griffen, who popped up on the Thursday report with a toe injury. Keep an eye on his game status on Friday to see if this becomes a more significant issue that might keep him out or limited on Sunday.
Here are the teams’ injury reports for Thursday (players with different statuses from Wednesday are shown in italics).
Packers Thursday Practice Report
Limited Participation: WR Davante Adams (shoulder), ILB Oren Burks (shoulder)
Did Not Participate: S Josh Jones (ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (knee)
Vikings Thursday Injury Report
Full Participation: CB Mackensie Alexander (ankle), RB Roc Thomas (ankle), CB Trae Waynes (knee)
Limited Participation: C Pat Elflein (ankle/shoulder), DE Everson Griffen (toe)