Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams took a hard hit to the head from Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. The Packers went on to lose that game, eliminating them from playoff contention, and Adams wound up with a concussion.
Even so, they’re not necessarily going to shut him down for the year.
“[Coach Mike] McCarthy says Packers have not yet discussed shutting down WR Davante Adams [for the] rest of this season,” wrote Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “In fact, he’s expected to take a step in protocol today.”
It’s a bit of a surprise. With the playoffs out of reach, the Packers sent quarterback Aaron Rodgers to Injured Reserve. It’s actually in the team’s best interests to lose the next two games and improve its draft position if they can’t compete for a title.
Adams, though, desperately wants to get back on the field.
“He’s pissed off,” McCarthy said when asked how he was doing. “He’s irritated. He’s angry. He wants to be out there. He’s our best perimeter player, and he was knocked out of the game at a crucial time in the game, and now he can’t play.”
Adams may be looking at the future. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent, expected to sign a huge deal in Green Bay or elsewhere. He needs to show teams that he’s 100 percent back, and he only has two games to do it.