Packers’ receiver situation remains in flux

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 19, 2017 – 1:00 pm

170119-davis-950GREEN BAY — Packers wide receivers Jordy Nelson (ribs), Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) will continue their rehab on Thursday, and Head Coach Mike McCarthy said the status of all three for Sunday’s NFC title game remains up in the air.

“I don’t really have enough information right now,” McCarthy said prior to Thursday’s practice. “We’re going to give them the whole week.

“Hopefully we’ll have a better gauge if these guys are going to make it, but I don’t think we’re going to know until Saturday.”

McCarthy said all three are “mentally” getting ready to play, and they aren’t being ruled out because of the stakes on Sunday.

“In the regular-season mindset, I would think none of them would play, but obviously this is a different time,” McCarthy said. “Everybody understands what’s on the line here.”

In Wednesday’s practice, Randall Cobb, Jeff Janis and Trevor Davis were the Packers’ only healthy wide receivers on the 53-man roster, and McCarthy is prepared to go into Sunday’s game with just those three if it comes to that. Tight ends Jared Cook and Richard Rodgers, along with running back Ty Montgomery, a converted receiver, are additional pass-catching options.

Davis is by far the least experienced of the three true wide receivers, as a rookie who has been on and off the active 46-man gameday roster throughout the year. He scored his first NFL touchdown in Atlanta back in Week 8 when the Packers were short on regular playmakers back then as well.

“Trevor’s ready. He’s been ready,” McCarthy said. “Those are tough decisions when you put any of your players inactive that are healthy. That’s a part of this game that’s difficult. He’s healthy and he hasn’t had the opportunity to contribute on Sunday. He’ll be ready to go.”

McCarthy emphasized it’s not up to any individual on the team to do more in someone else’s absence. The plan will be put together for them to succeed.

“This is who we are. This is how we play,” he said. “Obviously our offense starts through the eyes of the quarterback. We’re blessed to have Aaron Rodgers.”


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