It is still hard for me to come to reality with it, but the for the second straight year the Packers will miss the playoffs. On Sunday they will play a meaningless game against the Detroit Lions. Something we can all root for is Davante Adams quest for two Packers single season receiving records. He is two catches away from breaking Sterling Sharpe’s single season catch record and 133 yards from Jordy Nelson’s single season yardage mark. He will have Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, so it is very possible.
Speaking of Davante, he did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but it sounds like he should be able to go on Sunday. In what has been a down season, a bright spot would be Davante setting some franchise records. Unfortunately there were three other receivers on the injury report. Randall Cobb was limited on Thursday and sounds like he’s got a legit shot to play in what could be his final game for the Packers. Fresh off scoring his first career TD last week, UWW standout Jake Kumerow is dealing with a hand injury. He’s been a full participant and barring any setback will be out there against Detroit. Finally Equanimeous St. Brown did not participate with a concussion. Everyone deals with concussions differently so his situation probably won’t be known until Saturday. Jimmy Graham was also limited with the thumb issue.
Packers All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari has said that if Aaron Rodgers is out there he will be too. His hip injury has caused him to be limited in practice but I fully expect him to be out there for the season finale. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga was also limited but considering he played last week one would think he too will give it a go Sunday. The third and final starting offensive lineman on the injury report is guard Lane Taylor. Like the other two, Taylor has been a limited participant this week and we should know about his status this weekend. Reserve tackle Jason Spriggs was also limited with a concussion.
There are several key members of the Packers defense who statuses for Sunday are still up in the air. Let’s start with standout rookie Jaire Alexander. He hasn’t been able to practice all week due to a groin issue. If there is ANY concern that Jaire could further aggravate it by playing, than his rookie season should be over. Safety Kentrell Brice was limited with an ankle injury. Safety play for the Packers has been bad all season, and should be a top priority for GM Brian Gutekunst. Lastly OLB Clay Matthews has been limited all week with a back injury. There is a chance this is the last time we see Clay in a Packers uniform too.
It has been a bad year in Green Bay. I am excited to see what they do in the offseason. They have talent and if they don’t butcher this offseason, they could very well back in the postseason next year. Look at the Bears. They got a legit NFL coach, made some good personnel moves in the offseason and went from worst to first. There is no reason the Packers can’t do that next year.