JS reporter Tom Silverstein and ex-Packers All-Pro safety LeRoy Butler discuss Danny Trevathan's vicious hit on Davante Adams during the Packers-Bears game Thursday night. Bill Schulz
GREEN BAY – Davante Adams has not yet cleared concussion protocol, but a source said Tuesday there’s a good chance the Green Bay Packers receiver will play Sunday at the Dallas Cowboys.
Adams sustained a concussion last week when he took a late, helmet-to-helmet hit from Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan. He was sent to the hospital immediately after the hit, but Adams was released the next morning and tweeted he was “feeling great” after his discharge.
Trevathan initially was suspended for two games by the NFL because of the hit, but that penalty was reduced Tuesday to one game on appeal.
On Friday afternoon, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he had visited Adams and his receiver was in a “rambunctious” mood.
Adams will have to clear the NFL's concussion protocol to play against Dallas, but he appears to be on track.
“Can’t see him not playing,” a source said Tuesday.
Adams cleared the protocol without missing a game last season – on a short week, no less.
After being concussed against the Cowboy last October, he returned to play a Thursday night game against the Bears with only three days’ rest. In what might have been the pivotal game of his career, Adams had 13 catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. His receptions were second only to Don Hutson (14 in 1942) in a single game in franchise history.
McCarthy said he learned of Adams’ availability only six hours before kickoff of that game last season against the Bears.
“That concussion protocol is no joke,” Adams said after that game. “It’s pretty extensive. So I had a lot of stuff to do, even today.”
Perhaps the same pattern could play out this week.