The bye was just what the doctor ordered for the Green Bay Packers.
The team returned to work on Monday with only running back James Starks (unknown) and receiver Ty Montgomery (ankle) wearing sweatshirts and sweatpants rather than full pads. Defensive tackle B.J. Raji (groin), receiver Davante Adams (ankle), outside linebacker Nick Perry (shoulder) and safety Morgan Burnett (calf), all of whom missed last Sunday’s game against San Diego, were on the practice field as the team started its on-the-field prep for Sunday night’s showdown at Denver. Both teams are 6-0.
“The bye week is always helpful for guys to heal up. That extra week of rest, that really helps out a lot,” Burnett said.
Burnett missed the opener with a calf injury, returned for Week 2 against Seattle but aggravated the injury in practice the following week and hasn’t played since.
“Just take it day by day, just try to be at 100 percent,” said Burnett, who was listed as questionable for the San Diego game but was inactive in hopes of getting him beyond the injury. “The only thing I can do is live in the now, I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. As of right now, I felt pretty good throughout this practice and I just want to try to keep progressing each day and throughout the week.”
After aggravating an ankle injury on the opening series of the Week 3 game at Kansas City, Adams missed the final three games before the bye. Like Burnett, Adams was questionable for the San Diego game but didn’t play.
He stayed in Green Bay during the bye to rehab the injury and said he “definitely” feels better with the extended break.
“There’s a little soreness with different things,” Adams said. “It kind of depends on plant to plant, it’s not always the same. I just want to get it to where I’m not thinking about it.”
The hope is a healthy Adams and Randall Cobb, who has been stymied by a shoulder injury, can provide a spark to an offense that has been downright un-Packers-like with 22.7 points per game the final three games before the bye.
“You want to have all your weapons and Davante, like I said all through training camp, I thought he clearly was one of the young players that jumped out and you could see it in the OTAs so, yeah, it will be great to have him back out there,” coach Mike McCarthy said.
Adams believes he can be that difference-maker but understands he’s got to prove he can be that guy.
“I could say whatever I want to say but, once I get out there, I’ve got to make plays,” he said.
Raji injured his groin during the Week 5 win over St. Louis and missed the Chargers game. He said he’s feeling better but didn’t want to push the injury with the game still six days away.
“My position is a little bit different than most,” he said. “It’s fighting 300-pound guys – two of them at times. That has a lot to do with being able to anchor and drop my weight and being able to get off blocks.”
The team does not have to produce an injury report until Wednesday.
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