Packers: Josiah Deguara returns to practice on Friday

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Packers TE Josiah Deguara returned to practice on Friday.

The Green Bay Packers are dealing with a number of injuries at the moment, but they did get some good news regarding rookie tight end Josiah Deguara on Friday.

According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, Deguara returned to practice on Friday after not practicing on Thursday.

Deguara impressed in his debut against the Minnesota Vikings in the season opener, but has been unable to play in the previous two games due to ankle and shin injuries. His status for Monday’s game with the Atlanta Falcons is still up in the air, but the fact he was able to return to practice is a step in the right direction.

The Packers need Deguara back out there. With Allen Lazard set to miss time after core muscle surgery, the team not only lost one of its best pass-catchers, but also a willing and talented blocker. Getting Deguara back would help.

With the game being played on Monday, we won’t know each player’s game status until Saturday, which is when the final injury report will be released.

The hope is that Davante Adams will also be available to play against the Falcons.

Adams missed last Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints with a hamstring injury, but he returned to practice on Thursday. According to Demovsky, he also practiced on Friday. That’s important as it indicates Adams didn’t have any setbacks on his return to practice.

If not, the Packers will be relying on Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Malik Taylor, and Darrius Shepherd to step up.

The early bye week will help some of the players who are close to 100 percent get fully healthy. Before then, the Packers will be hoping to be as healthy as possible ahead of what will be a challenging game against the Falcons, regardless of their record.