Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) celebrates after the Packers made a field goal to win the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packers WR Davante Adams (COVID) out Thursday

Green Bay star Davante Adams will not clear COVID-19 protocols in time for Thursday night’s game at unbeaten Arizona, NFL Network reported.

The wide receiver did not travel with the Packers (6-1) for the showdown with the Cardinals (7-0) in Glendale, Ariz.

Adams, 28, landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday after testing positive. He needed to return two negative PCR tests 24 hours apart to be eligible to play.

Adams, a four-time Pro Bowler and 2020 All-Pro, is having another stellar season in 2021, posting 52 receptions for 744 yards and three touchdowns in seven games.

He has 598 catches for 7,312 yards and 65 touchdowns in 107 games (100 starts) since the Packers drafted him in the second round in 2014.

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Sep 12, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) reacts while standing on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Packers place WR Davante Adams on COVID-19 list

The Green Bay Packers placed wide receiver Davante Adams on the reserve-COVID-19 list Monday, casting doubt on the star’s availability for the team’s Thursday matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.

Players are placed on the COVID-19 list if they test positive or are in close contact with an infected person.

ESPN reported that Adams, 28, tested positive, meaning he would have to return two negative PCR tests 24 hours apart to be eligible to play agaist the undefeated Cardinals.

Adams, a four-time Pro Bowler and 2020 All-Pro, is having another stellar season in 2021, notching 52 receptions for 744 yards and three touchdowns.

Earlier Monday, the Packers announced defensive coordinator Joe Barry might also miss the Cardinals game due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that the team is utilizing enhanced COVID-19 protocols. All coaches meetings Monday were virtual, while mask wearing became mandatory.

The Cardinals (7-0) play host to the Packers (6-1) Thursday in a battle of two of the NFL’s top teams.

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (24) during the NFC Championship game on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

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Davante Adams: ‘No chance’ of Packers extension before season

Star wide receiver Davante Adams said he won’t be signing an extension with the Green Bay Packers before the 2021 season starts on Sunday.

“No. No chance. No,” Adams told reporters Wednesday.

Adams said in July that he wanted to become the highest-paid receiver in the NFL, which seems to be the primary sticking point between the player and the Packers’ front office. Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins is earning $27.25 million in average annual value; Adams’ current deal nets him $14.5 million a year, 19th in the NFL at his position, according to Sportac.com.

The 2021 season is the final year on Adams’ contract. Adams is set to have a cap hit of $16,787,500.

Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst said last month that the team did not have a deadline for getting an extension done with Adams, granting that negotiations could leak into the season.

Adams has hinted at dissatisfaction with Gutekunst and the Green Bay front office. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, before returning to the Packers at the start of training camp, reportedly mocked Gutekunst in a group text with teammates and called him Jerry Krause, a reference to the late Chicago Bulls general manager who was seen as a villain in the Michael Jordan docuseries, “The Last Dance.”

In July, Adams and Rodgers posted identical Instagram story photos of Jordan and Scottie Pippen, perhaps a reference at the time to their unhappiness with their team’s handling of contract issues.

However, Adams told reporters Wednesday that he intends to prevent his unsettled contract situation from becoming a distraction once the season kicks off.

“I feel like I had one of the best camps of my career,” Adams said. “Was able to really lock in, come back and get reacquainted with my brothers. Me and (Rodgers) picked up where we left off. Like I said, it’s just the way that I have found success coming up from all stages of life.

“Just focusing on that moment. It’s not like it took any work to do that. It’s just blocking out the rest of the stuff that I don’t really need at the time, which is some of that other stuff that we’ve talked about (his contract).”

The Packers play the New Orleans Saints in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday to open the regular season.

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Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and wide receiver Davante Adams (17) against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Divisional Round at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Packers, WR Davante Adams break off extension talks

Talks between wide receiver Davante Adams and the Green Bay Packers on a long-term extension reportedly have broken down on the eve of training camp.

NFL Network said Friday that the Packers have no plans to resume negotiations with the four-time Pro Bowl selection, who is entering his final season under contract in 2021.

Adams, 28, led the league with 18 touchdown receptions and broke his own franchise record with 115 catches for 1,374 yards in just 14 games last season. He was a First-Team All-Pro selection.

He signed a four-year, $58 million extension in December 2017. The average value of $14.5 million is currently the 18th-highest total in the league among receivers, according to OverTheCap.com.

Per NFL Network, the Packers’ proposals to Adams have not included making him the NFL’s highest-paid wideout.

DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals holds that spot at $27.25 million, followed by Julio Jones of the Tennesee Titans ($22 million), Keenan Allen of the Los Angeles Chargers ($20.02 million) and Amari Cooper of the Dallas Cowboys ($20 million).

Green Bay considers Hopkins’ salary an outlier, per multiple reports.

In an interview last month with Bleacher Report, Adams said his goal was to remain with the Packers beyond 2021. He also acknowledged that his future with the franchise will be impacted by the situation with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who reportedly rejected an extension offer this offseason that would have made the three-time MVP the league’s highest-paid player.

“I’m not planning on going anywhere,” Adams said. “That’s only one piece of it, though. Obviously the quarterback situation helps it, but the stars got to align across the board as far as contractually. We’ll figure all that stuff out and let it happen. I’ll be at training camp like I said regardless, we’re going to play the season, and we’ll see how all of that pans out.”

Adams, a second-round pick by the Packers in 2014, has 546 catches for 6,568 yards and 62 touchdowns in 100 games (93 starts).

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Jan 17, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Evans (not pictured) against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter in a NFC Divisional Round playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NFC Notebook: Tom Brady heads to 14th championship game

Tom Brady needs to borrow someone’s hand to formally count his league championship appearances.

The Tampa Bay quarterback will be participating in his 14th on Sunday when the Buccaneers visit the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. He went 9-4 in the previous 13, all in the AFC with the New England Patriots.

“It’s hard to get to this point,” said Brady, who is 3-3 in road title games. “There’s nothing guaranteed from this point forward. But we’ve gotta go out there and we’ve gotta play our very best to beat one of the best teams in the league.”

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 1-3 in NFC title games. He has been on the losing side in his last three appearances, including last season’s 37-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

–The Super Bowl will be played in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Feb. 7 and Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians doesn’t want hear any chatter about that possibility.

“We don’t play that game this week — that’s the message to everybody,” Arians said. “We play the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. If you start thinking about the Super Bowl, you get beat and will be packing your bags on Monday.”

–Forecasts call for a 50 percent of snow with temperatures in the high 20s and that is fine with Green Bay star wideout Davante Adams, who led the NFL with 18 touchdown receptions.

“Just knowing where to put your feet, the best way to misdirect is obviously getting your feet outside your framework because you do that in snow, you lose traction,” Adams said of his routine in snowy conditions. “For me, just having those reps in the snow and cold (is important). Them being in Tampa, there is no way to assimilate cold weather and the snow.”

–Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown and linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul missed Wednesday’s walkthrough with knee injuries. Pierre-Paul is expected to be fine by game day but Brown’s availability is less certain.

“It’s too early to tell,” Arians said of Brown. “He’ll be day-to-day.”

Receiver Mike Evans (knee) and running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps/finger) are among the Buccaneers listed as limited.

No Green Bay players missed practice on Wednesday but running back AJ Dillon (quadriceps) was limited and will be observed closely after leaving Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Among others who were limited were receiver Allen Lazard (wrist/back), linebacker Za’Darius Smith (thumb) and offensive tackle Rick Wagner (ankle).

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Jan 3, 2021; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) warms up prior to playing against the Chicago Bears during their football game Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.  Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers WR Adams caps historic regular season vs. Bears

Green Bay receiver Davante Adams became the first player in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions with 18 receiving touchdowns in a season when he caught a 6-yard scoring pass late in the fourth quarter in the Packers’ 35-16 victory at the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Adams, who finished with six catches for 46 yards and a score, ended the regular season with 115 receptions and 18 touchdowns in just 14 games.

Adams’ 18 touchdown catches are tied for third-most in NFL history, trailing New England’s Randy Moss (23 in 2007) and San Francisco’s Jerry Rice (22 in 1987).

His 18 receiving touchdowns tied Shannon Sharpe, who set the franchise record for most in season in 1994. Mark Clayton also had 18 receiving touchdowns for the Miami Dolphins in 1984.

The NFC North champion Packers clinched the top seed in the NFC playoffs with a 35-16 win to cap a 13-3 regular season.

Before Adams capped the win with his scoring reception, he was among three players in league history with at least 100 receptions and 17 receiving touchdowns in a season.

Former Minnesota star Cris Carter had a career-high tying 122 receptions and a career-best 17 touchdowns in 1995, with Moss making a career-high 111 receptions and scoring 17 touchdowns in 2003 for the Vikings.

Carter and Moss have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Nov 15, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) catches a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter  at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Tork Mason/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin via USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers WR Adams misses practice, plans to play Sunday

Davante Adams didn’t practice on Thursday because of an injured ankle, but the Green Bay Packers’ leading receiver said he plans to play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Adams, who has 61 catches for 741 yards and nine touchdowns this year, suffered the injury during this past Sunday’s win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After leaving the game temporarily, he returned to catch the game-winning touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter.

Adams, a three-time Pro Bowler who missed two games earlier this season with an injured hamstring, is confident he will be on the field when the Packers (7-2) face the Colts (6-3).

Adams’ 61 catches are at least 33 more than any Packers player, and no teammate has more than 463 yards receiving (Marquez Valdes-Scantling).

“I’m just playing it slow right now and just letting it heal up as much as possible,” Adams, who was limited in what he could do in practice on Wednesday, told reporters. “We’re doing all the right things to make sure I can be on top of the game by Sunday. I’m not even going to go there as far as guaranteeing that if I’m playing or not, but that’s the idea.”

While Adams is questionable for Sunday’s game, so is receiver Allen Lazard, who hasn’t played since injuring a core muscle during a victory over the New Orleans Saints. Lazard has been limited in two practices since being activated on Tuesday.

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Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) rushes with the football after catching a pass during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers’ Adams back at practice, Lazard (core muscle) out

The Green Bay Packers saw Davante Adams return to practice on Thursday, but the health of another of the team’s wide receivers reportedly is very much in question.

Allen Lazard sat out the session with a core muscle injury. That injury could be troublesome, considering ESPN reported that noted core muscle specialist Dr. William Meyers will look at his scans to determine if surgery is needed.

Lazard, 24, had six catches for a career-best 146 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 37-30 victory at New Orleans on Sunday night. His big game occurred in the absence of Adams, who is nursing a hamstring injury.

Lazard, who has 13 receptions, leads the Packers in receiving yards (254) while his two touchdown catches are tied with Adams and tight end Robert Tonyan for top honors on the club.

Lazard has 49 receptions for 738 yards and five touchdowns in 20 career games with the Packers.

As for Adams, he admitted on Thursday that he was “feeling a lot better this week than last week.” He added that he is going to “make sure I’m 100 percent before I’m back out there.”

The Packers officially won’t have to make that decision until Monday, when they host the Atlanta Falcons (0-3). Marquez Valdes-Scantling would see an uptick in snaps if Adams can’t play.

Adams has recorded 17 receptions for 192 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season for the Packers (3-0). The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 448 receptions for 5,386 yards and 46 scores in his six-plus seasons with Green Bay.

Tight end Josiah Deguara (ankle), linebacker Christian Kirksey (pectoral) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (knee) did not practice on Thursday. Kirksey is in jeopardy of missing multiple games.

Defensive lineman Kenny Clark (groin), and linebackers Rashan Gary (ankle), Randy Ramsey (groin) and Za’Darius Smith (ankle) were limited participants.

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