Packers: Davante Adams eager to keep playing this season despite second concussion
GREEN BAY — Davante Adams doesn’t want his 2017 season to end with the concussion that he sustained in Sunday’s loss at Carolina.
But like quarterback Aaron Rodgers, with the Green Bay Packers having been cropped out of the playoff picture, the team’s No. 1 receiver might not play another snap.
And he’s not pleased with that possibility.
Calling Adams the Packers’ “best perimeter player,” coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that Adams wants to play in Saturday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field — even though the Packers have been eliminated from playoff contention, Rodgers has been placed back on injured reserve and Adams, in the midst of a big season, has already shown he deserves a major pay raise in free agency in spring.
Asked how Adams, who remains in the concussion protocol and did not practice Wednesday, is doing, McCarthy minced no words.
“He’s (expletive) off,” McCarthy said. “He’s irritated. He’s angry. He wants to be out there. He’s our best perimeter player and he was knocked out of the game at a critical time in the game and now he can’t play again. I think it’s only natural. He’s irritated that he’s in this spot.”
Adams suffered his second concussion of the season when Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis delivered a blind-side, helmet-to-helmet block in the wake of a third-quarter Rodgers interception on a pass intended for Randall Cobb. Davis was initially suspended two games for the hit as a repeat offender, though that suspension was reduced to one game on appeal Tuesday.
Adams took to his Twitter account Monday to vent his anger about the hit, which kept him out of the rest of the game — a game the Packers, needing to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, lost when Adams’ replacement in the lineup, Geronimo Allison, fumbled at the Carolina 28-yard line as the Packers were driving for a potential tying touchdown in the final 2 minutes. Adams had five receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown at the time of Davis’ cheap shot.
Apparently, Adams is still plenty irritated about Davis’ hit, though because he’s in the NFL’s concussion protocol, he is not permitted to speak with reporters.
McCarthy said the Packers have not discussed shutting Adams down for the rest of the season even if he clears the protocol.
McCarthy, after calling Davis’ hit “dirty” on Monday, said he had no comment on the NFL cutting Davis’ suspension in half.
Adams enters Saturday night’s game leading the Packers in receptions (74), receiving yards (885) and touchdown catches (10), despite playing with backup quarterback Brett Hundley for 7½ games after Rodgers fractured his right collarbone Oct. 15 at Minnesota. Only Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins (12) has more touchdown receptions.
Last season, the 2014 second-round pick came up three yards shy of his first career 1,000-yard season, though including playoffs he finished with 91 receptions for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns last year.
“I’ve talked to him here and there. Obviously anybody can understand his frustrations,” Hundley said of Adams. “He wants to be out there playing and he’s been having a great season, so he just wants to be playing and obviously the hit was unnecessary and he’s in the concussion protocol right now because of it. So I can imagine.”
Adams has come back quickly from concussions in the past. He sustained one in game at Dallas last season and played four days later against Chicago, catching 13 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
This year, he sustained another concussion on a wicked hit by the Bears’ Danny Trevathan on Sept. 28, and on Oct. 8 he caught two touchdown passes, including the winner with 11 seconds left, to beat the Cowboys.
But this is a different situation, though Adams might not see it that way.
“We’re going to be smart,” McCarthy said. “We’re not going to take any chances.”
In addition to Adams, outside linebackers Nick Perry (ankle/shoulder) and Clay Matthews (hamstring) and right guard Jahri Evans (knee) did not practice and might be in real danger of not playing Saturday night. … Rookie outside linebacker Vince Biegel (groin) and veteran pass-rusher Ahmad Brooks (back) were only able to practice on a limited basis, leaving the Packers potentially thin on edge rushers. “Yikes! That’s a very good question,” linebackers coach Winston Moss replied when asked if he’ll have enough pass-rushers available Saturday night. “It’s in the hands of the trainers and whoever they make available, we’ll put them out there and go play.” … Cornerback Davon House (back) returned to practice on a limited basis. ... The Packers signed center Dillon Day off the Broncos’ practice squad after he spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons there and part of this season. Day spent time on the Broncos’ and Colts’ active rosters but has never seen action in a regular-season game.