Packers WR Adams may be game-time decision

Kristopher Nichols
January 22, 2017

Nelson (ribs) did more than the team expected during Thursday's practice, but is home Friday with an illness. Both receivers worked with the rehab group and, though it's still early, that's not a good sign.

McCarthy said Nelson, Devante Adams, and Geronimo Allison will be given every chance to play on Sunday.

The third-year emergent playmaker had five receptions for 76 yards in Dallas before going down; he later came back with the injured ankle heavily taped but did not make an impact.

So you may need to add wide receiver to the list of the Packers' bruised, battered and broken positions. It's an ankle sprain, but other than that it's just in a different area. Cobb is still hampered by an ankle injury that has gotten better after he sat out the final two regular-season games, while Janis is on the injury report with a bruised quadriceps but is expected to play. Injuries also cut short the campaigns of third-stringers John Crockett and Don Jackson.

Montgomery has since been moved to running back, though he remains a pass-catching threat out of the backfield.

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The injury to Michael creates a problem if he's not able to play. Reserve cornerbacks Demetri Goodson (knee) and Makinton Dorleant (hamstring) have been placed on IR. After playing in all 16 games this year, Nelson is in danger of missing his second straight start in the 2016 postseason.

In fact, if the Packers move on to the Super Bowl this season, that accomplishment will be legitimized because of Nelson's work - whether he plays in Atlanta or not. "We'll be OK", Rodgers said. They still have Jared Cook and Richard Rodgers at tight end, but that's not some great solution.

Nelson, who has been out since he suffered cracked ribs in the first half of Green Bay's first-round playoff game against the Giants, went through drills Thursday but was not in pads, according to ESPN. He ranked fifth in National Football League catches and sixth in receiving yards. That could leave the Packers with an available roster spot if they wanted to promote one of their practice squad receivers, Max McCaffrey or Antwan Goodley. There's still no guarantee whether or not Nelson will take the field on Sunday, but considering this is the playoffs, the Packers wide receiver will likely be doing whatever it takes so that he can play. God has blessed me throughout the entire year to be healthy for the most part.

"Tomorrow's practice, we'll have a pretty good idea of where Morgan is", McCarthy said. But Aaron Rodgers doesn't seem overly concerned.

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