Wide receiver Davante Adams' shoulder further muddles Packers' injury outlook

Jim Owczarski
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) celebrates at the end of the game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wis.

GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers did not appear Wednesday on Clarke Hinkle Field with the rest of the Green Bay Packers – he spent the day getting treatment on his sprained left knee – but a surprise absentee was wide receiver Davante Adams.

On Sunday against Chicago, Adams took himself off the field following an incomplete target down the Packers sideline early in the game and was briefly attended to by trainers, but he returned to action to catch five passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

One of those receptions was a 51-yard catch-and-run, and that’s when the 25-year-old said he injured a shoulder.

That injury is what kept him out of action Wednesday, though he did do some individual work inside the Don Hutson Center.

“Pretty much the same type of movements as practice, just didn’t want to be across from anybody,” Adams said. “Didn’t want to jam it up or anything today. We’ll see how (Thursday) goes.”

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Adams said the shoulder felt fine throughout the contest against the Bears, but it stiffened up in the following days.

“There’s always levels of injury, so right now I feel like mine is minor,” he said. “It can lead into something that could be worse. That’s why we’re trying to play it smart right now. We’re going day by day on it. I’ll give it a shot (Thursday) and we’ll see how it goes.”

When asked if there was any doubt he would play Sunday, Adams said, “In my mind, no. I always feel like I’ll be able to go. I cracked my head a few times and I’ve been out there. I feel like I’ll be able to give it a shot. I’m definitely looking to get out there on Sunday.”

The Packers went into the game against Chicago with rookie receivers Equanimeous St. Brown and Marquez Valdes-Scantling active behind Adams, Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison. Valdes-Scantling saw two snaps on offense and 11 on special teams. St. Brown played two snaps on special teams.

Fellow rookie wideout J’Mon Moore was inactive, as was Trevor Davis. Davis was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, leaving the receiving room with five healthy bodies as prep for Minnesota continues.

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