Davante Adams will not play tonight against the Atlanta Falcons. The Packers’ star wide receiver broke the news himself via Twitter, his now-deleted tweet taking what appears to be a mild shot at the team’s training staff in the process. Here’s a screenshot:
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur has said he made the decision to prevent Adams from returning in the Packers’ Week 2 matchup against the Detroit Lions out of an abundance of caution. In Week 3, Adams went through pregame warmups but ultimately didn’t play.
The Packers’ medical staff is famously conservative (no matter what Martellus Bennett might tell you) and may be taking a longer view here, given that the team’s bye week would give Adams a better shot to get back to full health. Nevertheless, it’s understandably frustrating for a player who’s been working hard to get back.
This week, Adams was one of nine players listed as questionable for tonight’s game and practiced as a limited participant late in the week. Now, though, he’s being held out — apparently against his will.
His absence exacerbates a problem the Packers are already facing at wide receiver: they just don’t have many. With Allen Lazard on injured reserve and Adams out, the Packers currently only have three healthy receivers on their active roster: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Malik Taylor, and Darrius Shepherd.
We’ll presumably get news today about a promotion from the practice squad, as the Packers are currently carrying four receivers there. Among them, Reggie Begelton and Robert Foster seem to be the most likely promotion candidates.