Davante Adams Injury: Updates on Packers WR's Knee and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

Green Bay Packers' Davante Adams leaves the game on a cart during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams suffered a knee injury in the third quarter of the NFC Wild Card Game against the Washington Redskins when teammate Richard Rodgers landed on top of him following a reception. It's unclear when he will return to the field.

Continue for updates.

Adams Out vs. Cardinals

Friday, Jan. 15

The Packers announced, per Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com, that Adams will not play on Saturday.

Latest on Adams' Practice Status

Friday, Jan. 15

The Packers announced, per Urban, that Adams did not participate in Friday's practice session.

McCarthy Comments on Adams' Injury

Tuesday, Jan. 12

"Told me he felt fine after the game, trainers felt differently," head coach Mike McCarthy said, per the team. "Will know more on Wednesday."

Adams Comments on Status

Monday, Jan. 11

"It's a little sore right now, but I think I'll be fine," Adams said, per ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

"They said that it's just going to be a thing that they felt it would probably be best and smartest if I sat out the rest of the half," Adams added. "It's a situation where you just feel it out throughout the week, but I think I'll be fine."

Adams Unable to Shake Injury Bug in 2015-16

Adams caught four passes for 48 yards and one touchdown against Washington, so this is a concerning setback for the Packers—especially since Adams dealt with ankle injuries earlier in the season.

The wide receiver was largely expected to break out in 2015 after he notched 38 catches for 446 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie last year, but health concerns contributed to his lack of head-turning numbers, as he finished with 483 receiving yards and one touchdown catch.

Any injury to the receiving corps is even more pressing for Green Bay because Jordy Nelson was ruled out for the season before Week 1, and ankle injuries cut Ty Montgomery's campaign short. Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best quarterback in the league, but even he needs healthy pass-catchers to put up impressive numbers.

The silver lining for the Packers is the fact that they still have enough talent at receiver to challenge for a Super Bowl title, even though Adams will miss time.

Randall Cobb is electrifying with the ball in his hands and slid right into the role of No. 1 pass-catcher after Nelson went down. The former Kentucky Wildcat tallied 1,287 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches in 2014 and 829 receiving yards and six touchdowns this year and will keep the passing attack afloat while Adams heals.

The presence of James Jones is also critical, given the various injuries. Green Bay signed Jones this offseason after the New York Giants released him, and his ability to serve as a red-zone threat at 6’1” gives Rodgers yet another target.

The loss of Adams is certainly a blow to the Packers passing game, but Green Bay has the talent to be one of the most explosive offenses in the league. Rodgers will keep it running with Cobb and Jones now that Adams is sidelined.