GREEN BAY – The updates continue to be positive for Packers receiver Davante Adams.
Adams, who took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan on Thursday night and had to be taken off Lambeau Field on a stretcher, went home from the hospital on Friday in good spirits.
“Davante Adams is technically in the concussion protocol,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said Friday afternoon. “He’s rambunctious and ready to move forward. He’s home and everything looks good.”
McCarthy called the hit he took “brutal” but didn’t share an opinion on potential league discipline for Trevathan. He credited his players for their focus and professionalism to finish Green Bay’s 35-14 victory over Chicago through difficult circumstances.
“It’s unnerving anytime a player is on the field and obviously when they bring the board out,” McCarthy said. “It doesn’t matter what color uniform you’re in. Nobody wants to see anybody go through that. The players don’t want to see a fellow player go through that.”
As for the chest injury that forced Ty Montgomery to leave the game in the first quarter, McCarthy said his starting running back’s status is to be determined. A national media report indicated Montgomery has broken ribs, but McCarthy didn’t confirm that.
Montgomery will be among many banged-up players who will use their three-day break from Saturday through Monday to rest and recover, and then see where they are before practice resumes next week.
“We don’t have a clear answer exactly on what Ty is dealing with and how we move forward,” McCarthy said. “The conversation he’s had with the trainers, he’s preparing to play in Dallas (in Week 5).
“That’s what this weekend is for. On Tuesday we’ll get our hands around it and get all the information.”
McCarthy was pleased with the work of rookie running back Aaron Jones, who took over in the backfield after Montgomery and rookie Jamaal Williams (knee) exited. He complimented Jones (13 carries, 49 yards) on the goal-line run for his first NFL TD, and he said the fifth-round pick from UTEP kept him confident in the running game throughout.
The situation with third-year cornerback Damarious Randall remains an “internal matter,” after Randall was noticeably upset on the sideline after the Bears scored a late second-quarter TD.
McCarthy clarified it was his decision to send Randall to the locker room, and Randall did not return to the game or sideline the rest of the night.
“We can all grow, and he has some growing to do,” McCarthy said of Randall. “When we come back Tuesday, Damarious will be ready to roll with the rest of our football team.”
By then the team will presumably be healthier than it has been, though McCarthy termed it a very gratifying win to beat an archrival by 21 points with so many moving lineup parts.
Game balls went to the reshuffled offensive line, safety Morgan Burnett and linebacker Clay Matthews, whose strip-sack on Chicago’s first snap gave him the Packers’ all-time sack record with 75. Matthews already owned the franchise’s postseason sack record with 11.
With a 3-1 record one quarter of the way through the season, the Packers will come back from their short respite with back-to-back road games against the Cowboys and Vikings.
The first will be a rematch of last January’s NFC Divisional playoff, which the Packers won on a walk-off field goal. The second will be against a Minnesota team that could be tied with Green Bay for first come Sunday if the Vikings beat the Lions at home.
“We’ll start our preparation for Dallas on Tuesday,” McCarthy said.
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