The Green Bay Packers held their first padded practice on Tuesday, but it wasn’t without consequences. Veterans David Bakhtiari, Za’Darius Smith, and Montravious Adams all left practice in some fashion related to injury. Starting center Corey Linsley was also not on the field Tuesday, but it did not sound too serious. Head coach Matt LaFleur did not offer up many answers following practice.
“You guys know I’m not gonna give you any of that info right now, right? Those guys right now, just precautionary. Nothing major there,” said LaFleur.
Except it appears LaFleur was only speaking on Linsley. Bakhtiari and Smith left the field under their own power, but Adams had to be carted off the field with what was initially feared to be a significant injury.
Later, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed that it was just a toe sprain. The 2017 third-round pick is in line for more snaps in 2020.
This is not the first time Adams has dealt with the injury bug. As a rookie, Adams suffered a fracture in his left foot in August of 2017 limiting him to just seven games. Over the last three seasons, Adams has recorded 33 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Even though he hasn’t made much of an impact in his first few seasons, Adams is viewed as a solid depth piece along the defensive line. Adams hopes to avoid missing any significant time in 2020 as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.
Training camp can be a bittersweet time for fans and players alike. While it’s exciting to have football back, injuries are always unpredictable. Luckily, the Packers may have escaped catastrophe when it comes to Bakhtiari in Smith. Green Bay can’t afford to lose either player for a meaningful amount of time this season.
In lighters news, Elgton Jenkins and Lucas Patrick filled in for Linsley and held their own, according to reports. Jenkins spent some time playing center while playing at Mississippi State.
There’s nothing that I don’t think he can play,” said LaFleur of last year’s second-rounder.
LaFleur added that Patrick did a “great job” when he was called upon as well.
In terms of the Packers’ current injury report, more news should become available in the coming days. Green Bay will be back in pads today at 10:30 CT.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.