Davante Adams progressing through concussion protocol

Tom Silverstein
Packers News
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) makes a leaping catch for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

GREEN BAY – Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams is in the concussion protocol and taking steps to try to resume playing this season.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday there has been no talk of shutting down Adams for the year after he suffered his third concussion in 14 months Sunday in Carolina.

“We haven’t had that discussion,” McCarthy said. “Just really meeting with the medical staff, there’s a plan for each player and he’s taking one of the steps in the protocol as far as the work he’s going to do.”

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In each of the past two concussion cases, Adams has recovered in time to play the following week. The Packers play the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night at Lambeau Field.

It does not mean the medical staff or general manager Ted Thompson won’t decide Adams shouldn’t play the rest of the season. Thompson made the decision to put quarterback Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve Tuesday after the Packers were eliminated from the playoffs.

Rodgers played two months after suffering a broken right collarbone and was sore after the game. However, McCarthy said he had done no further damage to his collarbone.

The last two Adams concussions occurred from vicious hits to the head from defensive players, the first from Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan on Sept. 28.

The latest one occurred when Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis went high on a blind-side block after an interception. Adams was diagnosed with a concussion and unable to play after the hit, which occurred with about 11 minutes left in the third quarter and the Packers trailing, 17-14.

Adams had five catches for 57 yards and a touchdown up to that point.

Asked how Adams was taking things, McCarthy said:

“He’s pissed off. He’s irritated, he’s angry. He wants to be out there. He’s our best perimeter player and he was knocked out of the game at a critical time in the game and now he can’t play again. I think it’s only natural. He’s irritated that he’s in this spot.”

McCarthy, who called Davis’ hit dirty Monday, said he had no comment on the NFL’s decision to reduce Davis’ suspension from two games to one upon appeal.


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