The Green Bay Packers put starting wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling on injured reserve Saturday.
Valdes-Scantling, 26, is dealing with a hamstring injury and will have to miss at least three games.
The team elevated WR Equanimeous St. Brown from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers are using the COVID-19 replacement option for St. Brown; defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster is on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Valdes-Scantling has six catches for 76 yards and a touchdown this season in three starts. He has 103 career receptions for 1,799 yards and 11 TDs in 51 games (35 starts), all for the Packers.
–Field Level Media
Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling announced over social media that he received death threats after his fumble in overtime led to the Green Bay Packers’ loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The Colts (7-3) benefited from Valdes-Scantling’s first career fumble in 42 games and kicked a game-winning field goal for a 34-31 victory over the Packers (7-3).
“Death threats over a football game?” the 26-year-old Valdes-Scantling wrote on Twitter. “Jesus you people need help. It’s actually sick. I’m good. My team got my back.”
Fellow Packers wide receiver Davante Adams came to his defense over social media.
“Been there my dawg,” Adams wrote on Twitter. “You know we got you! We all you need”
Valdes-Scantling reeled in a 47-yard reception late in the fourth quarter to set up Green Bay’s game-tying field goal. He finished with three catches for 55 yards, and he also drew a pass interference penalty late in the second quarter to set up a Packers’ touchdown.
“I know he’s really hurting right now,” Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur said Sunday. “He made so many plays for us and not only in the pass game but in the run game, stuff that you guys probably don’t even notice that we’re not getting the yardage that we get if he’s not blocking his (expletive) off.
“So I can live with MVS. I’ve got more confidence in him now than probably ever. I think he continues to get better each and every day. Every time we go out there, he’s providing big plays.”
–Field Level Media