The Green Bay Packers continued their preparations for London on Thursday (10/6) and got a key member back from injury
It looks as though the Green Bay Packers may have their full starting secondary for Sunday’s London game. CB Jaire Alexander continued to practice as he works his way back on the field following his groin injury suffered in Tampa Bay. But the more exciting news is starting S Adrian Amos also participated in Thursday’s practice.
Amos is working his way through Concussion Protocol after suffering one on the 2nd defensive drive from last Sunday’s game against the Patriots. The Green Bay Packers hope Amos can clear protocol in time for the London game, as Amos’ return is a huge boost to the defense.
Adrian Amos (concussion protocol) out at practice today, and just in time to check out the new passer for the DB drills; some kid by the name of Matt LaFleur. pic.twitter.com/sPh0nbFOyz
— Kassidy Hill (@KassidyGHill) October 6, 2022
Backup Rudy Ford filled in admirably for Amos, especially against the run where Ford played with a physical edge, but Amos brings an extra level of familiarity and security that the Green Bay Packers defense leans on heavily. Amos’ return would also free up Ford to play his full complement of special teams snaps; the two long Patriots punt returns occurred when Ford was replaced as the Left
Gunner Flyer by Shemar Jean-Charles, who played well but isn’t the same demon as Ford at getting downfield to force fair catches.
No Wyatt or Lewis today. Amos is back following the concussion and going through individual. Alexander, Jenkins and Bakhtiari are practicing again. pic.twitter.com/E6njCbgZXt
— Bill Huber (@BillHuberNFL) October 6, 2022
OTs David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins returned to team drills today after both were initially reported to be DNPs at yesterday’s practice, though the Green Bay Packers officially listed both as LPs. This is a great sign that both players made it through the extra 10:00 overtime period with no setbacks.
Even though the team played the full OT period, the Green Bay Packers offense only played 71 total snaps, 5 more than vs CHI in Week 2 and 10 more than vs TB in Week 3, so not the insane 80+ that most teams going to overtime face.
Marcedes Lewis got the day off on Thursday for his weekly day off. The good news for Green Bay Packers fans is it appears Lewis is past the groin injury he was listed with the past two weeks as he was not on the injury report at all yesterday. The Packers will need Lewis to continue being their 6th OL in the run game moving forward.
Rookie DL Devonte Wyatt was a somewhat surprising DNP today, though the rookie was listed as an LP yesterday due to a quad injury. We’ll see whether Wyatt is able to suit up on Sunday. If not, we’ll see whether fellow rookie Jonathan Ford is active for his first NFL game, or if the team decides to call up either Jack Heflin or Chris Slayton from the Practice Squad.
Coach LaFleur mentioned that tomorrow’s practice in London will be lighter and more about getting everyone’s legs recalibrated after the long flight and time difference. LaFleur also noted he hopes the team uses the long flight to sleep as opposed to reviewing film and notes. We’ll have the team’s London practice updates and final injury report for the week posted once they’re made official.
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The Green Bay Packers released their Thursday Practice Injury Report, and two key participation upgrades were noted: Alexander to FP and Amos to LP.
Jaire Alexander was upgraded to a full participant in today’s practice.
Adrian Amos was upgraded to a limited participant.
Full injury report: pic.twitter.com/MWsDmCE36t
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) October 6, 2022
Getting the starting secondary back on the field is a huge development for the Green Bay Packers. In particular, I had my doubts Amos would clear protocol in time to play on Sunday. Amos still needs to pass the post-practice return test, but it appears more than likely he’ll be a go on Sunday.
Now we’ll see how Barry decides to align his secondary moving forward. Due to the Giants WR corps and run-reliant offense, it’s likely Douglas plays the slot this week. But Green Bay Packers fans should be curious as to whether we start to see Alexander get more slot snaps at least in obvious passing situations.