While the injury to running back Jamaal Williams appeared to be the most serious of the injuries that the Green Bay Packers suffered on Thursday night, it may not be the one that has the biggest impact on the team’s success moving forward. That could be the foot injury to wide receiver Davante Adams, which he suffered early in the fourth quarter of the Packers’ 34-27 loss to the Eagles.
The injury, which the Packers said in the fourth quarter was a toe injury, caused Adams to be in visible pain as he tried to run and walk on it on the sidelines late. It prevented him from joining his teammates on the field on a pair of goal-to-go series, an area where he has excelled in the past few years.
Now there is confirmation that the primary concern is turf toe, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport provided that news Friday morning on Good Morning Football. If that is indeed the issue, it could keep Adams out for next Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys and beyond.
The Packers employ one of the best foot and ankle specialists in the world, Dr. Robert Anderson, so Adams will not need to go far to get the best care and examination possible. There is hope that the team will know more by the end of the day Friday.
“Turf toe” is the colloquial name given to a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe. The injury is typically very painful, and that condition seems consistent with Adams’ reaction on the play when he was injured. He immediately began grabbing for his right foot, particularly the area around the big toe, and was unable to put much weight on that foot on the sideline.
Before leaving Thursday’s game, Adams was having a career night. He had caught ten passes for a career-high 180 yards in the game, including the 13-yard gain on the play when he was injured. If Adams indeed misses time, the Packers will need some young receivers to step up. Second-year pro Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the team’s second-leading receiver with 16 catches for 217 yards, but no other player on the roster has reached the hundred-yard mark through four games.