Packers Place Starting RT Jason Spriggs on IR with Knee Injury

The Packers will have another new starting right tackle for their season finale at Detroit after Jason Spriggs was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury according to AP.

Spriggs left following the first play from scrimmage in Green Bay’s 16-0 loss to Minnesota. Utility offensive lineman Justin McCray moved over from right guard to replace Spriggs and could take over at tackle on Sunday against the Lions.

McCray has made four starts this season at right tackle. Kyle Murphy started the opener for the injured Bryan Bulaga, who played five games before going on injured reserve at midseason with a knee injury. Murphy (foot) is also out for the season after getting hurt in Week 3.

The team signed rookie tight end Emanuel Byrd from the practice squad on Tuesday to replace Spriggs. Tight end Richard Rodgers left the Vikings game with a shoulder injury.

Receiver Jake Kumerow also was signed to the practice squad. Kumerow, who played in college at Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater, has spent time on the practice squads of Cincinnati and New England.

Packers WR Randall Cobb “Embarrassed” After Shutout Loss to Vikings

The Packers were shut out at home for a second time this season Saturday night. Before this year, no team had been shut out at home twice in a season since 2006, when both the Packers and Raiders were. Wide receiver Randall Cobb was embarrassed by his team’s effort, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports

“I never felt more defeated, more embarrassed by a performance,” said Cobb, who had four catches for 22 yards. “Yeah, we had opportunities, and we didn’t connect when we did.”

Quarterback Brett Hundley took the blame for the offense.

“Defense played their butts off. Offense, we didn’t capitalize on the plays we needed to, and that starts with me. I’ve got to be able to lead this team no matter who’s on the field and get us in better opportunities to put some points on the board.”

McCarthy Says He Feels Packers Did Nothing Wrong in Putting Aaron Rodgers Back on IR

The Packers are under the microscope today after the Adam Schefter piece on ESPN stating they broke rules about putting quarterback Aaron Rodgers on IR after the team was knocked out of the playoffs.

Today coach Mike McCarthy said that he felt that the team did nothing wrong and did everything right in the process.

We will see the NFL feels the same way and if anything comes of it.

Report: Packers Might be in Violation of IR Rules Regarding Rodgers; Could Be Forced to Release Him

The Packers were shutout by the Vikings on Saturday, and while their 2017 playoff hopes are over, they may have bigger concerns if you read what Adam Schefter of ESPN has to say about the team reporting the injury to Aaron Rodgers.

The report today on ESPN says that the Packers might be in violation of the injury rules regarding Rodgers, and that ‘multiple teams complained to the NFL’ about the Packers and how they put Rodgers back on IR and that he needed to have suffered a new injury in order for the team to put him on the injury status.

Here’s the report.

NFL rules stipulate that a player needs to have suffered a new injury that would sideline him at least six weeks to be placed on injured reserve and, if that is not the case, the team is obligated to release the player once he is healthy.

Rodgers was activated off injured reserve and played last Sunday against Carolina but came out of the game because he was “sore,” according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

But Green Bay did not announce its decision to place Rodgers back on IR until Tuesday, after the Packers had been eliminated from a potential postseason spot.

The reports goes on to say that the Pack could be forced to release Rodgers, which is crazy to think about, but let’s see how this latest NFL saga plays out.

Vikings at Packers Wednesday Injury Report

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (Minnesota did not conduct a practice on Tuesday. The Tuesday practice report is an estimation.)
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Tuesday CB Tramaine Brock (foot), T Riley Reiff (ankle), S Andrew Sendejo (ankle), WR Jarius Wright (foot)
  Wednesday CB Tramaine Brock (foot)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Tuesday CB Mackensie Alexander (rib), C Pat Elflein (shoulder), LB Ben Gedeon (ankle), T Mike Remmers (back), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle)
  Wednesday CB Mackensie Alexander (rib), C Pat Elflein (shoulder), T Riley Reiff (ankle), T Mike Remmers (back), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle), S Andrew Sendejo (ankle), WR Jarius Wright (foot)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Tuesday LB Emmanuel Lamur (foot), RB Jerick McKinnon (shoulder), DT Shamar Stephen (shoulder)
  Wednesday LB Ben Gedeon (ankle), LB Emmanuel Lamur (foot), RB Jerick McKinnon (shoulder), DT Shamar Stephen (shoulder)
 
GREEN BAY PACKERS (Green Bay did not conduct a practice on Tuesday. The Tuesday practice report is an estimation.)
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Tuesday WR Davante Adams (concussion), G Jahri Evans (knee), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), LB Nick Perry (ankle, shoulder)
  Wednesday WR Davante Adams (concussion), G Jahri Evans (knee), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), LB Nick Perry (ankle, shoulder)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Tuesday LB Vince Biegel (groin), LB Ahmad Brooks (back), DT Quinton Dial (chest, knee), CB Demetri Goodson (hamstring), CB Davon House (shoulder, back)
  Wednesday LB Vince Biegel (groin), LB Ahmad Brooks (back), DT Quinton Dial (chest, knee), CB Demetri Goodson (hamstring), CB Davon House (shoulder, back)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Tuesday G Lucas Patrick (hand), LB Jake Ryan (knee)
  Wednesday G Lucas Patrick (hand), LB Jake Ryan (knee)

Packers WR Davante Adams Officially Out for the Vikings Game

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that wide receiver Davante Adams has been ruled out for Saturday night’s game Saturday night against Minnesota, Ryan Wood of USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports.

Adams presumably remains in the concussion protocol after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis on Sunday.

WR Davante Adams Not Happy He’s Still in Concussion Protocol

Packers wide out Davante Adams took a cheap shot hit by Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis on Sunday, a hit that has earned Davis a one-game suspension (it was two).

The wide out is still sitting after suffering a concussion, and the Packer receiver is not too happy that he’s sitting around still after the vicious hit.

Here’s the report from PFT on Mike McCarthy telling Adams that he’s not ready to go yet.

Adams was injured when he took an illegal blindside block from Davis, whom the NFL suspended as a result of the hit. McCarthy made clear that Adams is none too pleased with the predicament Davis put him in.

“He’s pissed off, he’s irritated, he’s angry,” McCarthy said of Adams. “He wants to be out there. He’s our best perimeter player. He was knocked out of the game at a critical time in the game and now he can’t play. It’s only natural. He’s irritated that he’s in this spot.”

Adams has 74 catches this season, just one away from the career high he set last year. He seemed certain to have the best statistical year of his career this year, but now it’s looking like there’s a chance that his season ended with Davis’s hit.

With the Packers Playoff Hopes Over; Green Bay Puts Aaron Rodgers on IR

The Packers placed quarterback Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve Tuesday, one day after they were eliminated from contention for a playoff spot, ESPN reports.

The Falcons’ 24-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended any hopes the Packers (7-7) had of reaching the postseason.

Rodgers missed seven games earlier this season while on injured reserve with a broken collarbone but returned in Week 15 in Green Bay’s 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Brett Hundley will take over as the Packers’ starting quarterback for the final two games as he had done so during Rodgers’ previous absence this season.