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Packers Wednesday Injury Report: Adams misses practice with shoulder issue

Asked by linchao on 11/07/2018 at 7:33 PM

The Green Bay Packers have not one but two star players on offense with injuries this week. All of the attention this week has been on quarterback Aaron Rodgers , who returned to last Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears after suffering a knee injury. Rodgers of course helped lead the team on a comeback from a 20-0 deficit, throwing three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter for a 24-23 victory.The second of those touchdowns went to wide receiver Davante Adams, who had a 51-yard reception that set up his scoring play. On Wednesday, Adams joined Rodgers in missing practice, and he told reporters that he took a hard hit on his shoulder when being tackled on that long catch:Rodgers’ practice status on Wednesday — he was listed as a non-participant on the official report — comes as no surprise. After all, head coach Mike McCarthy told the media before practice that Rodgers would be working with the rehab group. But Adams’ absence is a bit unexpected.Hopefully, as Adams suggests, his absence is merely a precaution to help ensure he is fully ready for Sunday’s week two tilt with the Minnesota Vikings. Still, keep a close eye on the practice report on Thursday and the game status updates on Friday (and possibly Saturday) to see where Adams falls on those reports.As for Rodgers, all signs still point to him playing. Perhaps the most obvious sign is that he was asked if he would give any advice to backup quarterback DeShone Kizer if #12 did indeed had to miss the game; Rodgers responded by saying that he “hadn’t thought about it.” In other words, expect Rodgers to suit up unless something unexpected happens in the next few days.Packers Wednesday Practice ReportDid Not Participate: WR Davante Adams (shoulder), S Josh Jones (ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (knee)Limited Participation: ILB Oren Burks (shoulder)Vikings Wednesday Practice ReportLimited Participation: C Pat Elflein (ankle/shoulder)Full Participation: CB Mackensie Alexander (ankle), RB Roc Thomas (ankle), CB Trae Waynes (ankle)Packers’ Aaron Jones could be the Bills’ toughest matchup on the ground so far Through the first two weeks of the NFL season, the Green Bay Packers relied heavily on Aaron Rodgers to fuel Green Bay’s offense, despite the fact that for all but one quarter of that time he was doing the job on just one leg.Running backs Jamal Williams and Ty Montgomery did an relatively decent job of maintaining the ground game in the first two weeks. Against Chicago’s second-best rushing defense in week one Cheap JK Scott Jersey , Williams led the ground attack by rushing for 47 yards on 15 carries; in week two against the 14th-ranked Vikings rushing defense, Williams led with 59 yards on 16 carries and Montgomery followed with 31 yards on five carries. Still, an explosive element was still missing without running back Aaron Jones on the field.Jones, who was nursing a hamstring injury for much of the preseason and sat out due to suspension for the first two games of the regular season, was a key piece to the Packers’ offense last year. With Jones on the field, Green Bay averaged 6.5 yards per play, while averaging just 5.1 yards per play without him, and his 5.5 yards per carry ranked second among RBs with 75-plus attempts. In his first game this season against Washington, Jones totaled 42 yards on six carries and five yards on one reception, with his first play of the game being this convincing ten-yard run for a first down.“You’ve got to be smart with all your players, particularly when it’s the first time out there,” head coach Mike McCarthy said following Jones’ game last week. “He hadn’t played since Kansas City but, boy, I thought he did some really good things with the ball and did some good things in the passing game.”It’s obvious that Jones is a dominant back who continues to find ways to power through defenders and add an edge to the rushing game the Packers’ haven’t had in years. In fact, Rodgers even went as far as comparing Jones to former running back Ryan Grant, who was a member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV team and finished his career as the fifth all-time leading rusher in Green Bay.Prior to the current season, Mike McCarthy and the Packers front office were vocal about utilizing a running back by committee approach. With three healthy backs who all bring a unique style of play to the offense , the Packers are able to diversify their run game, something they’ll certainly need to prioritize effectively this Sunday at Lambeau Field against a top-ranked Bills rushing defense. Buffalo is coming off one of the biggest upsets of the year, dominating Minnesota on defense with a particularly decisive game on the ground. Despite a rough start to the season, the Bills fifth-ranked rushing defense allowed just 14 yards on six carries against the Vikings, tying an NFL record for fewest carries in an NFL game. When it comes to rushing defense, Buffalo currently allows an average of just 80 yards on the ground per game. However it’s important to note that while the Bills may have been successful in stopping Minnesota on the ground (who was without RB Dalvin Cook nonetheless) they struggled to stop the top-ranked Chargers rushing game. Los Angeles was led by Austin Ekeler, who carried the ball 11 times for 77 yards. Ekeler currently ranks second when it comes to yards after first contact – a critical skill that Jones also possesses. Buffalo ranks 11th overall on defense, so it’s unlikely the Packers will diverge too far from their usual pass-heavy approach on offense, even with Rodgers’ still hobbling with a knee injury. However adding Aaron Jones to the mix could help to take some pressure off of Rodgers, especially early in the game. By utilizing Jones from the start, the Packers could control the game clock early, protect Rodgers knee, and reserve his arm down the stretch. With Jones in the mix between Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery, the Packers could certainly prove to be Buffalo’s toughest matchup on the ground.


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