GREEN BAY, Wis. – Davante Adams has not been cleared, but the Green Bay Packers receiver has made enough progress through the concussion protocol that he was able to go through some drills during the early portion of Wednesday’s practice.
It means Adams could be cleared in time to play Sunday at Dallas.
Adams showed no visible signs of injury Tuesday, when he made his first appearance in the locker room since he was knocked out of last Thursday’s game against the Bears. However, Adams was barred from speaking with reporters because he’s still in the concussion protocol.
“The most important thing is Davante is healthy,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said before Wednesday’s practice. “And speaking to him earlier today, he feels great and he just wants to get back to playing football.”
Davante Adams took part in most of the pre-practice drills, a sign he's in the final stages of the concussion protocol.
Last season, Adams was able to return from a concussion without missing a game, but it wasn't as serious the violent hit he took from Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan. Adams was taken off the field on a gurney and spent the night in the hospital.
Trevathan’s two-game suspension was cut in half on appeal.
“Discipline action in this league, there’s a process that’s in existence for quite some time and I’m comfortable with the process and understand the decision,” McCarthy said.
Running back Ty Montgomery also was on the field for Wednesday’s practice and wore a protective vest to protect his multiple broken ribs. Montgomery's top backup, Jamaal Williams, was also on the field. He dropped out of the Bears game because of a knee injury.
Ty Montgomery practiced with significant protection around his ribs. Fellow RB Jamaal Williams (knee) also on the field.
The Packers' starting offensive line, which hasn’t played together yet this season, was intact for practice. Left tackle David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) haven’t been active for the same game yet this season.
The No. 1 starting O-line was on the field together. Tackles Bryan Bulaga (ankle) and David Bakhtiari (hamstring) have yet to play together.
“They’re getting better,” McCarthy said of his starting tackles. “I think the mini-bye week has helped everybody. I know the conversations that I’ve had, everybody feels good and you really haven’t felt like you practiced in a couple weeks actually because [with a] Thursday [game last week], we were in a walk-through mode there on Tuesday and very limited on Wednesday before the Chicago game. So really our focus is getting back to practice, getting back to a seven-day routine.”
On the defensive side, Mike Daniels (hip) and Davon House (quad) both returned to practice. The only player on either side of the ball who was not on the field Wednesday was backup inside linebacker Joe Thomas (ankle).