The Green Bay Packers are set to take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football this week in one of the biggest tests for them this season. Davante Adams has been dealing with a hamstring injury suffered against the Detroit Lions and no one knows whether or not he will be able to play.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Adams doesn’t seem likely to play this week.
Adams missed some time last season due to a toe injury and the Packers were able to figure things out without him. They still put up good numbers offensively despite not having a consistent threat behind Adams.
Looking ahead to this week, the absence of Adams will mean that Aaron Rodgers and company need both Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to step up with big games. Both young receivers have looked good in the first two weeks this season.
Rodgers has been playing at an MVP level this season, which bodes well for the Packers’ offense. New Orleans has a solid defense, but they do have holes that Green Bay can take advantage of.
Not having Adams will definitely change the game plan a bit. Matt LaFleur will likely look to get star running back Aaron Jones more involved in the game. Jones is coming off of a career-high performance with 168 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to go along with 68 yards and a touchdown through the air.
If the Packers can receive good performances from both Lazard and Valdes-Scantling, they will be just fine. Green Bay could also lean more on both Robert Tonyan and Jace Sternberger this week.
Expect to see the Packers hold Davante Adams out of this week’s game. It is a disappointing update, but one that seemed likely from the beginning.