Packers: Davante Adams a serious doubt for Week 8 vs. Cardinals
The Green Bay Packers already face a huge challenge this Thursday night when they take on the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.
Now they could be without superstar wide receiver Davante Adams.
The Packers announced on Monday that they have placed Adams on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
This comes after NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport reported that Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry has tested positive for COVID-19, which means he is unlikely to be able to travel with the team for this game.
What does this mean for Adams’ availability for Thursday night’s game against the Cardinals?
According to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, Adams is vaccinated, which means he “must test negative two days in a row to play Thursday in Arizona”. Schneidman added that it’s unclear whether Adams has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to a “positive test or a close contact”.
This game being played on a short week further complicates things for the Packers. Adams would need a negative test on Tuesday, and another on Wednesday, to be cleared to play on Thursday night. Without that, Adams will be out of this game.
The team is in advanced protocols this week. For now, it remains to be seen whether any other players will be added to the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Thursday night’s game will be one of the toughest of the season for the Packers. They are already without star defensive players Jaire Alexander and Za’Darius Smith, and there’s no indication that left tackle David Bakhtiari will be ready to return this week. Now there’s a serious possibility the team will be without star wide receiver Davante Adams.
We’ll have to wait for further updates from the Packers as the week goes on. For now, though, it seems a long shot that Green Bay will have either Adams or defensive coordinator Barry available on Thursday night.