The most shocking thing to see was Davante Adams being a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice less than a week after suffering what looked like to be a career-threatening hit from Bears linebacker, Danny Trevathan. Adams is still in the concussion protocol, but the fact he was able to participate on Wednesday means he must be close to being cleared. He obviously isn’t a lock to play, but his odds of doing so are certainly better than I thought they’d be. After that hit, I was just assuming he would miss the Dallas game.
At the end of last Thursday’s game, Aaron Jones was the Packers number one running back after both Ty Montgomery (ribs) and Jamaal Williams (knee) left with injuries. A few days ago it looked like Aaron Jones would enter the Dallas game as the Packers starting running back, but both Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams were able to return to practice on Wednesday. Ty announced on Tuesday he was dealing with broken ribs, but was feeling better. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Montgomery was practicing on Wednesday with “significant protection” on his ribs (http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0707301019125551666-4). He and Williams were officially listed as limited, but the fact that both of them were practicing was a good sign.
Now, something I know we are all very eager to see. Both David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga on the field at the same time. Yes, it’s week five and the Packers are yet to have both of their starting tackles on the field together. This “mini bye” may help that finally come to fruition. Both tackles returned to the practice field on Wednesday and were limited participants.
Two key defensive players also returned to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday, defensive tackle Mike Daniels and cornerback Davon House. It goes without saying, but the Packers will need all hands on deck to slow down Ezekiel Elliot and having Mike Daniels back would help that tremendously. Kevin King has done a good job on the outside since his role increased, but the Packers need a second consistent corner to line up opposite of him. Hopefully a healthy Davon House can fill that void. Speaking of cornerback, Quinten Rollins was on the injury report with an ankle injury, but was a full participant on Wednesday.
A few linebackers appeared on Wednesday’s injury report, Ahmad Brooks, Nick Perry, and Joe Thomas. Brooks is dealing with a back injury and was a limited participant. It is unsure of the severity, but we should know more on Thursday and Friday. Nick Perry is obviously dealing with a hand issue that he had surgery on after the week two loss to Atlanta. I doubt him being limited has an impact on his status for Sunday. He was able to play last Thursday with a club on his injured hand, I expect him to do the same going forward. Joe Thomas is suffering from an ankle injury and was the only player to not participate in practice on Wednesday. If he is unable to practice on Thursday, his odds of playing on Sunday do not look good.
The injury report is still long, but the Packers finally seem to be getting healthy. With two challenging road games in a row coming up (Dallas and Minnesota), it is vital that Packers get back a lot of these key players that they have been missing. We saw what happened the last time the Packers played without both tackles in a loud, hostile environment on the road. It was a certifiable disaster. The Packers were able to finish the first quarter of the season 3-1 with all these injuries. Health is obviously the key to building on that start going forward.