We previously mentioned a report from Ian Rapoport that WR Davante Adams’ turf toe injury was not as bad as originally thought:
#Packers WR Davante Adams had his MRI today on his toe injury, and sources say it’s not believed to be serious. The team will be careful with their star pass-catcher. But if he misses time, it may not be much.
While there was some speculation that he may be able to play in Week 5 against the Dallas Cowboys, Adam Schefter, while on ESPN’s Monday NFL Countdown, has crushed those hopes suggesting he is not likely to play:
Total Packers commenter Howard also made the excellent point that, even if the injury is not all that serious, playing on artificial turf in Dallas this weekend would not be a smart idea. It’s important to remember that his absence against the Cowboys is not official, it just seems more and more likely. He also was not present at team practice on Monday but that was to be expected.
With 180 yards between 10 receptions, Adams was a major part of Green Bay’s offense this past Thursday in their loss at home to the Philadelphia Eagles. He is the obvious WR1 in a group of Packers receivers that currently has no obvious WR2. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison will have more opportunity to shine as well as receivers such as Allen Lazard and Jake Kumerow that are deeper into the roster. It will also create an opportunity for TE Jimmy Graham to prove he knows how to catch a ball as he will likely see more opportunity to do so.
More information on turf toe via OrthoInfo:
The term “turf toe” refers to an injury of any soft tissue structure in the plantar complex, such as the plantar plate or a collateral ligament. These injuries can vary in severity — from stretching of the soft tissue to partial tearing, and even total dislocation of the MTP joint.
Turf toe can occur in any sport or activity when the forefoot is fixed on the ground, the heel is raised, and a force pushes the big toe into hyperextension.
These injuries most often occur among American football players on artificial grass. Artificial surfaces tend to be harder and less shock absorbent. In addition, the athletic shoes designed for artificial surfaces are softer and more flexible, providing the athlete with more agility, but much less stability in the forefoot.