GREEN BAY – Packers running back Jamaal Williams was not back on the practice field Monday, but he was back at Lambeau Field with his teammates.
Head Coach Matt LaFleur did not provide any injury update on Williams or any players – the first official injury report of the week will be released Wednesday – but so far all the signs are positive for Williams as he recovers from a vicious late hit by Eagles defender Derek Barnett last Thursday that led to a night in the hospital.
“I saw Jamaal today. He’s doing well,” LaFleur said. “We’ll see how the week progresses.”
That applies to receiver Davante Adams as well after Adams left last week’s game with a toe injury. He didn’t practice Monday (nor did tackle Bryan Bulaga, cornerbacks Kevin King and Tony Brown, safety Will Redmond or defensive lineman Montravius Adams) and LaFleur said the rehab/workload plan with Adams is “day by day” at this point.
If Adams is unable to play this week, a greater burden falls on both the rest of the Packers’ receiving corps and the running game, which hasn’t yet found a consistent level of production. Both Aaron Jones and Williams are averaging just 3.3 yards per carry through four games.
“Work in progress,” LaFleur said of how he’d characterize the run game thus far. “We need to look at ourselves from a schematic standpoint and see, are we always calling the right stuff to attack the defense in the right way? There’s been some pretty good moments, but certainly there’s stuff we can do a better job as a staff, and our execution can be a little bit better as well.”
As for the receivers, Jake Kumerow was back at practice on Monday after missing time with a shoulder injury. Given his strong training camp, he could be next in line after Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison in the event of Adams’ absence. Darrius Shepherd and Allen Lazard also both saw the field last week against Philadelphia.
If Adams does miss time, LaFleur indicated the coaches will examine things schematically in the passing game as well because of such a “significant void.”