GREEN BAY - The training room at Lambeau Field has been busy since the end of the Green Bay Packers’ season, and the hustle and bustle continued through the start of organized team activities, which began Monday.
Offensive tackles Bryan Bulaga (torn ACL) and Kyle Murphy (foot), cornerbacks Kevin King (shoulder) and Quinten Rollins (torn Achilles), outside linebacker Clay Matthews (knee) and running back Ty Montgomery (wrist) are all recovering from surgeries that either ended their 2017 season or took place shortly after the conclusion of Week 17.
Safety Kentrell Brice (ankle), tackle Jason Spriggs (dislocated knee) and cornerbacks Herb Waters (shoulder) and Demetri Goodson (knee/hamstring) also dealt with significant injuries at the end of last season.
As such, the Packers took the field Tuesday missing droves of starters who either did not practice at all or were very limited in their participation.
“You set your development based on the guys that can go,” coach Mike McCarthy said during a pre-practice news conference Tuesday morning. “The guys that are battling through rehab, you acclimate them as best you can.
“You have three environments that you work on: It’s the classroom environment, you have the practice environment and ultimately the game-day environment. Those guys that are injured are really in the classroom environment and based on their injury, it’s specific whether it’s just fundamental drills or anything that doesn’t put them in a compromised position based on their situation and injury.”
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One unexpected name on the injury list was wide receiver Davante Adams, who signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension last December. Adams is dealing with multiple minor injuries, according to McCarthy, and will not be a full participant for at least the early portion of OTAs.
“Unfortunately, he’s battling a couple things so he’s in a limited state right now as far as practice, but I really like what he’s offered to the younger guys, because there’s been some change,” McCarthy said. “There’s been change for everybody, and it’s no different for the receiver position.”
The following players missed practice with injuries:
WR Trevor Davis (hamstring)
WR Davante Adams (hamstring)
OLB Clay Matthews (knee)
OLB Nick Perry (ankle)
OG Lane Taylor (ankle)
OT Bryan Bulaga (knee)
TE Emanuel Byrd (hamstring)
WR Colby Pearson (hamstring)
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and cornerback Tramon Williams were the only non-injured players who missed Tuesday’s practice. There were no reasons given for their absences, but attendance for OTAs is optional.