The Green Bay Packers’ three injured receivers — Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison — plus safety Morgan Burnett — all listed as questionable on the injury report — will reportedly play in the NFC Championship game.
Barring any setbacks during pregame workouts, receivers Jordy Nelson (broken ribs), Davante Adams (ankle) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring), and safety Morgan Burnett (thigh) are going to be available, according to a league source.
Plenty of questions here.
Will they make it through pregame warmups?
If they do, how much will they be used?
Can they even be effective?
The biggest concern has to be Nelson because he has broken ribs. That said, neither Adams nor Allison practiced at all this week, while Nelson did so on a limited basis. Burnett was also listed as limited on the Friday injury report after not practicing Wednesday or Thursday.
Rookie Kentrell Brice stepped in for Burnett last week and, as you would expect, made some errors, but also delivered some nice plays.
At receiver, the Packers obviously have plenty of bodies now that they’ve added Max McCaffrey from the practice squad. They’re back up to their early-season tally of seven.
We doubt McCaffrey will be part of it, but it seems like a receiver rotation would be the prudent thing for the Packers to utilize on Sunday. Also, keep in mind, both of the Packers’ forgotten receivers — Trevor Davis and Jeff Janis — caught touchdowns the first time the Packers played the Falcons this season.
Hey, it’s the NFC Championship. If you lose, you’ve got all offseason to get healthy.
All hands on deck!