GREEN BAY – Packers wide receiver Davante Adams doesn’t expect to know until Sunday whether or not he’ll be able to play in the NFC Championship Game.
Adams injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of last week’s divisional game in Dallas, as his leg was caught underneath Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr on a tackle after a 16-yard reception.
He later returned to the game, which he attributed to “100 percent adrenaline,” but has been held out of both days of practice this week.
“It’s feeling better,” Adams said Thursday. “It’s getting there. I’ll just take it day by day and see how I’m feeling come game time.”
Whether Adams will try to practice on Saturday remains uncertain. Either way, he plans to do some running in the Georgia Dome on Sunday to see how the ankle feels.
Adams dealt with an ankle injury for a good portion of last season, and it clearly affected his play. This year, much healthier, he came up just three yards shy of his first career 1,000-yard receiving season, and he scored 12 touchdowns.
In the playoffs, he has added 201 more yards and a TD. The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Packers and Adams, especially with fellow receiver Jordy Nelson also dealing with broken ribs, but Adams is trying not to let the frustration get to him.
“It is what it is. Football has a 100 percent injury rate,” he said. “You’re going to have something. God has blessed me throughout the entire year to be healthy for the most part. I just have to battle through some adversity now.
“Last year was definitely more difficult to deal with, so far at this point. But as far as Sunday, I didn’t have a must-have playoff game to go to last year.”
The stakes of this contest factor into the approach, as Head Coach Mike McCarthy also indicated. Regardless, Adams knows he won’t be feeling that good come Sunday.
The question will be whether he’s feeling good enough.
“It’s not going to be comfortable, but it’s a matter of how much I can put up with and go out there to where I can be myself and express myself with my routes the way I do and not hurt the team by being out there,” he said.
“It’ll definitely take a lot (to prevent him from playing), because I want to be out there with my team, but until Sunday I will not know what’s going to go down.”