GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers might probably be with out Aaron Rodgers‘ most necessary goal for his or her greatest recreation of the season Thursday at Arizona after receiver Davante Adams was positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist Monday.
Adams examined optimistic for COVID-19, a supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Adams hasn’t been compelled to comply with protocols for unvaccinated gamers, a sign that he’s vaccinated.
If Adams is certainly vaccinated and is asymptomatic, he would want two damaging PCR checks 24 hours aside to play Thursday towards the unbeaten Cardinals. Arizona activated pass-rusher Chandler Jones, who’s second on the workforce with 5 sacks, and defensive lineman Zach Allen from the reserve/COVID-19 checklist Monday.
This information on Adams got here shortly after Packers coach Matt LaFleur mentioned the workforce is predicted to be with out defensive coordinator Joe Barry for Thursday’s recreation at Arizona due to COVID-19 guidelines.
LaFleur additionally mentioned the workforce has entered enhanced mitigation protocols that decision for day by day testing of all personnel and for masks to be worn on the facility. The Packers held all conferences just about the day after their 24-10 win over the Washington Soccer Group, and LaFleur mentioned there are “probably another points with the [coaching staff].”
At the moment, he mentioned there was not a major concern that it could impression gamers. Lower than two hours later, Adams was positioned on the checklist.
“Any time that you’ve any circumstances, you are all the time somewhat bit involved about that,” LaFleur mentioned. “However the majority of our guys are vaccinated, so there’s somewhat bit totally different protocol with that. I do not suppose by way of being at shut contact with any of our gamers, I do not suppose that is an actual concern of ours proper now. However we’re nonetheless ready to listen to again from the league earlier than we get clearance on something.”
Adams leads the Packers in catches (52) and receiving yards (744). He’s tied for second within the NFL in catches and alone in third in yards amongst all receivers.
The Cardinals transfer from a 4.5- to a 6-point favourite vs. the Packers at Caesars Sportsbook with the Adams information.
The Packers are hopeful that receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling might return this week from a hamstring that has saved him out the previous 4 weeks.
LaFleur mentioned the defensive playcalling will likely be a “collective effort with everyone concerned and having an enter.” Defensive backs coach Jerry Grey, who was promoted to passing recreation coordinator this season, possible will take the lead, assuming he’s accessible to educate. He was a defensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills (2001-05) and Tennessee Titans (2011-13) whom LaFleur thought of for that job in Inexperienced Bay earlier than he employed Barry.
All NFL coaches have to be vaccinated, and Barry, like Adams, would require two damaging checks 24 hours aside earlier than he might return. The Packers are scheduled to depart for Phoenix on Wednesday.
The Packers (6-1) are going through their hardest check of the season within the Cardinals (7-0) and their dynamic quarterback, Kyler Murray. Inexperienced Bay ranks seventh in complete protection and in fewest factors allowed after its win over Washington.
Barry’s protection lastly mounted a few of its purple zone points on Sunday, as properly. The Packers had allowed touchdowns on 15 straight purple zone drives getting into Sunday — the primary workforce in no less than 40 years that did not get a single purple zone cease in its first six video games of a season — however got here up with 4 straight purple zone stops towards Washington, together with a stuff on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
Barry is the second member of the Packers’ defensive teaching workers to check optimistic for COVID-19 this season. Defensive position coach Jerry Montgomery missed the Week 2 recreation towards the Detroit Lions due to a optimistic check.