Kumerow joins Packers' practice, designating receiver for return from IR

Tom Silverstein
Packers News
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jake Kumerow (16) catches a pass as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns (25) defends in an NFL preseason game at Lambeau Field on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wis.

GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers pushed the on button for wide receiver Jake Kumerow and the off button for Geronimo Allison on Wednesday.

Kumerow, placed on injured reserve Sept. 3 with a chest injury, practiced for the first time, thereby putting him in the designated-to-return category and leaving the team the option of activating him for the game against Minnesota Sunday night.

The Packers have now used both of their designated-to-return options — the other was on receiver Trevor Davis — so they will not be able to bring receiver Geronimo Allison back if he is healed from groin surgery.

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Allison wouldn’t be eligible until the first week of the postseason, so it was not surprising the designation was used on Kumerow.

The Packers are flush with receivers, going from five a week ago to six this week with the return of Davis. Kumerow would be the seventh if the Packers choose to activate him for the game Sunday.

Kumerow took part in all the individual and “on-air” drills in the portion of practice open to the media and took some throws from quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the process. When he got hurt, Kumerow had played so well in training camp that the Packers were willing to carry him on the 53-man roster on cutdown day so that he would be eligible to return this year.

"Once you get back out there you don’t really forget," Kumerow said after practice. "They say you have to get your legs underneath you. I’m like, ‘I’ve been running around for seven weeks now, my legs are underneath me.’ They’re good.

"There’s not much getting back into the swing of things. It took me maybe 5 minutes to get back into the swing of things, just getting out there realizing, all right, I’m practicing. Get your mind right, that’s basically it."

It's probably a long shot for Kumerow to be active after just three days of practice, but a lot will depend on how he looks. He said he took most of his practice snaps with the scout team, which may be a sign this is a week dedicated to getting him back in football shape and not getting ready to play Sunday.

Kumerow said there's no need to wait.

"Oh, yeah, I’m good to go," he said. "Whatever they need, I’m good to go."

If the Packers do choose to activate him to the 53-man roster, then they will have to clear a spot for him. Among the options are cutting a player or placing someone on injured reserve.

The Packers have been going with Davante Adams and two rookies to fill their main receiver spot because Randall Cobb has been sidelined five of the last seven games with a hamstring injury.

Cobb worked with a trainer on the sideline during most of the early portion of practice and then jumped in on an individual drill. He then went back to running on the sideline in front of the trainer.

Not practicing for the Packers were: cornerback Kevin King (hamstring), cornerback Beshaud Breeland (groin), safety Raven Greene (ankle), linebacker Nick Perry (knee), defensive tackle Mike Daniels (foot) and tight end Jimmy Graham (broken thumb).

Graham had told coach Mike McCarthy he wanted to try to see if he could play against the Vikings, and it’s unclear whether he will be given that opportunity. The Packers practice Thursday morning and then again on Saturday.

Returning to practice was safety Kentrell Brice, who had missed one game with a left ankle sprain.

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