GREEN BAY — The Packers are keeping the door open for Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison to play in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Nelson (ribs) did more than the team expected during Thursday’s practice, but is home Friday with an illness. Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said it’s precautionary and he doesn’t anticipate the illness will affect his availability for Sunday.
Adams (ankle) and Allison (hamstring) have yet to practice this week after sustaining their respective injuries in the Packers’ 34-31 win over Dallas on Sunday. The Packers hope to get more insight on their possible availability during Saturday’s practice.
“All three of the receivers will be given every chance to play in the game,” McCarthy said. “I’m going to give these guys the open time frame to do everything they can to play. Maybe one or two of those guys will have to work Sunday before the game.”
While the Packers’ training staff has a history working with Nelson and Adams, McCarthy acknowledged the team will have to work to get a feel of the rookie Allison’s situation since “we’ve never been through this with him.”
McCarthy said safety Morgan Burnett (quad) falls into the same category as the three receivers when it comes to determining his availability. He didn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday.
The Packers have ruled out offensive lineman JC Tretter, who underwent knee surgery on Tuesday. Tretter hasn’t played since injuring his knee in Week 8 against Atlanta.
In addition to injured players getting cleared medically, McCarthy and his staff also have to consider how effective they can be in playing through injury.
“They want to play. Obviously the coaching staff wants them to play but medically there are thresholds they have to get over,” McCarthy said. “That’s why we go through process. The plan is set for each and every one of them. That’s why we’re going to need full week for couple of guys.”