Packers receiver shortage

Top three starters unable to practice

Mike Clemens
October 18, 2019 - 12:28 pm

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Green Bay, WI -  Sunday could be an interesting day for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. 

He will likely be missing the X, Y, and Z. 

The Packers top three starters at wide receiver will probably not be active when they host the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field. 

Davante Adams is still rehabbing a turf toe suffered three weeks ago against the Eagles.

"It feels a million times better than it did then," said Adams, but he's not ready yet. 

In the Packers win over the Lions on Monday Night Football, receiver Geronimo Allison suffered a shot to the ribs and helmet that left him with a chest injury and concussion. Allison did not return to the game and the team has confirmed he is still in the NFL's concussion protocal. 

#83 Marquez Valdez Scantling had his leg rolled up on and suffered a knee and ankle injury in the Lions game that has kept him out of practice this week, including Friday's final run through practice. 

"We've got 48 hours to determine who can play. But we have ruled Davante out," said Packers head coach Matt LaFleur after Friday's practice. 

That leaves Jake Kumerow, who has been in the league four years, but has never started a game, undrafted rookie Darius Shepard, who an Aaron Rodgers pass bounced off his facemask that lead to a Lions scoring drive, and Allen Lazard, who became the fourth quarter miracle in the win over Detroit, with four receptions and a crazy 35-yard touchdown catch. 

On Wednesday the Packers signed former Raiders, Colts, and Redskins receiver 28-year-old Ryan Grant, who is taking a crash course in the playbook. 

Also unable to practice is tight end Robert Tonyan (hip).

On defense, rookie starting safety Darnell Savage Jr. is still dealing with a sprained ankle against the Cowboys. 

The Packers (5-1) host the Raiders (3-2) Sunday at noon. 

UPDATE: On Saturday, the Packers upgraded receiver Geronimo Allison (concussion) from "doubtful" to "questionable" for Sunday's game against the Raiders. 

 

Mike Clemens covers the Packers & NFL for the Bill Michaels Show statewide and on AM1250/105.7 FM The FAN, Milwaukee

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