Two key Green Bay Packers starters, receiver Davante Adams and safety Morgan Burnett, did not participate in the portion of practice that was open to reporters on Thursday – not a good sign that they’d be available for Sunday’s game at San Francisco.
Adams sprained an ankle during the first half of the Week 2 game vs. Seattle and aggravated the injury during the opening series of Monday night’s matchup against Kansas City. While Adams returned in the Seattle game, he missed all but the opening three snaps vs. the Chiefs. Ty Montgomery mostly filled Adams' shoes, though Jeff Janis saw some action, too.
Burnett missed the Week 1 game against Chicago with a calf injury but started and performed well vs. the Seahawks. However, he aggravated the injury at practice last week and did not suit up vs. the Chiefs. Micah Hyde got the start at safety with Damarious Randall entering as the third corner in nickel situations.
Before Thursday’s practice, coach Mike McCarthy said Burnett is “getting better” and that he’d monitor how his safety moved in pre-practice. Apparently, the results weren’t what he was hoping to see because Burnett was not on the practice field when reporters were allowed to watch.
The Packers listed 12 players on their injury report on Wednesday. Of that group, Adams, cornerback Demetri Goodson (hamstring), Burnett, linebacker Jake Ryan (hamstring) and offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) did not participate on Wednesday or again on Thursday. In fact, the Packers' injury report was unchanged, other than the removal of Andrew Quarless, who was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday.
With a short week stemming from the Monday night game and a Friday trip to San Francisco in advance of Sunday’s game, this week is more about mental preparation, McCarthy said.
“Energy is great. Energy is actually great inside, too. I’ve been impressed,” McCarthy said. “This is a huge mental preparation week for us. I think it’s obvious coming off a ‘Monday Night Football’ game this is a big hurdle. It’s a big hurdle Monday night, traveling to the West Coast, the other factors involved. We’re playing against a football team that played very, very well at home in their first home game. This is a huge challenge for us.”
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ concern was about the mental, as well, since the team lost a full workday by playing on Monday.
“Mondays for me is a get-ahead day where you’re able to watch some film, move past the previous game, move into the next opponent,” Rodgers said on Wednesday. “It’s going to be important that guys put in the work yesterday and today and tomorrow, especially, before we leave on Friday. We have some free time out there – a little more than usual – so it’s really a mental week. Less about the physical, even though it’s Week 4. It’s really about how we mentally get locked in on the preparation and the plan and then try to play our best game Sunday.”
Packers injury report
Player (injury): Wednesday, Thursday
WR Davante Adams (ankle): DNP, DNP
OT Bryan Bulaga (knee): DNP, DNP
S Morgan Burnett (calf): DNP, DNP
WR Randall Cobb (shoulder): Full, Full
CB Demetri Goodson (hamstring): DNP, DNP
DE Datone Jones (head): Full, Full
RB Eddie Lacy (ankle): Full, Full
LB Mike Neal (groin): Full, Full
S Sean Richardson (ankle): Full, Full
FB Aaron Ripkowski (shoulder): Full, Full
LB Jake Ryan (hamstring): DNP, DNP
49ers injury report
Player (injury): Wednesday, Thursday
CB Kenneth Acker (back): Full, Full
G Alex Boone (shoulder): Full, Full
LB Navorro Bowman (not injury related): DNP, Limited
LB Ahmad Brooks (shoulder): Full, Full
RB Reggie Bush (calf): Full, Full
TE Vernon Davis (knee): DNP, DNP
S L.J. McCray (hip): Full. Full
TE Vance McDonald (knee): Full, Full
S Eric Reid (hip): Not listed, Limited