Packers: Matt LaFleur talks injuries to Davante Adams, Corey Linsley

On a day of horrible injury news across the NFL the Green Bay Packers appear to have avoided a serious setback for one of their most important players.

Wide receiver Davante Adams left Sunday’s 42-21 win over Detroit in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. Green Bay was in control of the game when he went out and coach Matt LaFleur said that played a factor in Adams not returning.

“I know he wanted to go back in the game,” LaFleur said Monday. “I just told him, ‘Hey, let’s just see how these next few series go and see if we need you,’ because obviously he’s a huge part of what we do offensively and a key member of this football team. If we don’t need him, we didn’t want to put him back in a position to do further harm to his own body.”

Adams was held in check before the injury, catching three passes for 36 yards as the Lions focused on slowing him, allowing Aaron Jones and others to have big games.

LaFleur would not speculate on his Adams’ status for this Sunday’s game at New Orleans.

The Packers are also dealing with an injury to center Corey Linsley. He suffered an injury to his snapping hand in the fourth quarter and did not return.

“It’s hard to play center if you can’t snap,” LaFleur said. “That’s something we’ll work through throughout the week and see where he is at. If he’s able to go, he’ll go.”

If he can’t go, it will lead to another shuffling of the offensive line. Lucas Patrick started at left guard in the first game, right guard in the second and would be the starting center if Linsley is held out. It’s possible the Packers will get back guard/tackle Billy Turner. He was dressed for Sunday’s game but did not play as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

Packers 42, Lions 21: 2-minute drill

Green Bay (2-0) scored 31 unanswered points to overcome a 14-3 deficit on its way to a 42-21 win over Detroit (0-2) on Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Game Balls

Offense: Aaron Jones

After a relatively quiet opener, Jones exploded against the Lions, racking up a career-high 236 total yards and three touchdowns. The talented running back finished with 168 yards on the ground, highlighted by a 75-yard touchdown to open the third quarter.

Jones also showed off his hands, grabbing four passes for 68 yards, including a remarkable jump ball catch.

The 25-year-old is in a contract year and days like Sunday are going to continue to drive up the price.

Defense: Rashan Gary

The 2019 first-round pick had a strong training camp and it appears to be carrying over to the season. Gary tallied his first sack of the season by spinning through a double team to get quarterback Matthew Stafford. He later combined with fellow outside linebacker Preston Smith on another sack. Though it won’t show up on the stat sheet, Gary’s pressure of Stafford on a third quarter throw led to an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

Special teams: JK Scott

The third-year player had a little more work this week than last and looked good. He averaged 42.7 yards per kick and dropped all three of his punts inside the 20-yard line, including twice inside the 5-yard line.

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— Wide receiver Davante Adams suffered a hamstring injury and did not return

— Wide receiver/running back Tyler Ervin left the game in the fourth quarter and was evaluated for a concussion

— Center Corey Linsley had to leave the game with a hand injury and did not return

— Tackle Billy Turner was active for the game but did not play. He missed the opener with a knee injury.

— Former Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus had three catches for 54 yards in his second game for the Lions

Inside the Numbers

259 — That’s how many yards rushing the Packers had. It’s the most since they put up 262 against Denver in the 2003 season finale.

42 — That’s how many points the Packers scored. It’s the second game in a row they’ve scored 40-plus points. Prior to 2020, they had scored more than 40 points just twice in the last five seasons combined.

8-0 — That’s Matt LaFleur’s record against NFC North opponents. Green Bay had been 2-9 in its last 11 division games prior to LaFleur’s arrival.

What’s Next

Green Bay (2-0) travel to New Orleans (1-0) to take on the Saints on Sunday night with kick coming at 7:25 p.m.

Packers: DL Kenny Clark is out, five others questionable for Sunday

Green Bay will be without one its best players come Sunday against Detroit.

The Packers ruled out Pro Bowl nose tackle Kenny Clark with a groin injury suffered in the first half against Minnesota. Clark did not practice at all this week.

“I know he’s doing everything in his power to be back as quickly as possible but he won’t be able to play this weekend,” coach Matt LaFleur said Friday.

Clark’s absence is significant, especially facing a Lions team that brings Adrian Peterson to town. It’ll be up to the likes of Tyler Lancaster, Dean Lowry, Kinglsey Keke and potentially Montravious Adams to hold up.

“I think it’s a collective chore. I think everybody needs to step up,” LaFleur said of the defensive line. “I don’t think we played great last week right there. I know these guys are hungry. I know they’re ready to get back out on the field and prove that wasn’t their best performance.”

Adams missed last week with a toe injury and is listed as questionable.

Also listed as questionable are a pair of offensive linemen — tackle Billy Turner and guard Lucas Patrick. Turner went from practicing fully on Thursday to being limited on Friday, while Patrick practiced fully both days.

Green Bay could also be without tight end Josiah Deguara. The talented rookie is battling shin and ankle injuries and is listed as questionable.

Safety Raven Greene could make his season debut. He’s listed as questionable after being limited in practice all week.

Wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown and linebacker Randy Ramsey are out.

As for the Lions, they will be without star wide receiver Kenny Golladay. He’s dealing with a hamstring injury and will not play. Neither will guard Joe Dahl or cornerback Desmond Trufant.

Packers: DL Kenny Clark misses practice with groin injury

Injuries are starting to pile up in the trenches for the Green Bay Packers.

Four offensive linemen and two defensive linemen were on the initial injury report released Wednesday in advance of the home opener Sunday against Detroit.

On the offensive side, guard Elgton Jenkins (ankle), guard Lucas Patrick (shoulder) and tackle Billy Turner (knee) were all listed as taking part on a limited basis in practice. That’s in addition to guard Lane Taylor, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the win over Minnesota.

On the other side of the ball, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kenny Clark did not practice due to a hamstring injury.

Defensive end Montravius Adams and safety Raven Greene both practiced on a limited basis after missing the Vikings game with a toe injury.

The only other new additions were tight end Josiah Deguara (shin) and wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (knee). They were also limited.

Packers: G Lane Taylor suffered season-ending injury

The Green Bay Packers have lost one of their starting offensive linemen for the season.

According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, guard Lane Taylor suffered a season-ending knee injury against Minnesota Sunday and will need surgery to repair it.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur confirmed the injury at his press conference Monday.

“My heart goes out to him,” LaFleur said. “Just battling back from the significant injury he had last year to get to a position where he was in our starting lineup, certainly he will be missed. I just feel bad for him as an athlete, as a man. It takes a lot to come back from a significant injury and he put the time in and put himself in great position to have a great year.”

Taylor was among the stories of training camp. A starter at left guard for three seasons, the former Oklahoma State standout suffered a season-ending bicep injury two games into the 2019 season. After restructuring his contract, he returned to the team and had a great camp, earning the starting right guard job.

Without Taylor, the Packers figure to move Billy Turner, when healthy, back to right guard after he grabbed the starting right tackle spot coming out of training camp. They could, like they did on Sunday, move Elgton Jenkins to right tackle, or use Rick Wagner there, after he filled in against the Vikings.

One good injury note was about Lucas Patrick. Starting at left guard, he suffered a shoulder injury in the first half and did not return. But Pelissero reported that his injury was not serious and he could be ready for Sunday’s game against Detroit.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur did not have an update on defensive tackle Kenny Clark. He left in the first half with a groin injury.

Packers 43, Vikings 34: 2-minute drill

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers took care of the Minnesota Vikings 43-34 in the season opener for both teams Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Game Balls

Offense: Rodgers

In his 13th opener as the starting quarterback, Rodgers put on a clinic. He routinely made throws that made him look like he was back to his MVP ways. That was never on display more than his second-quarter touchdown to Davante Adams. The 36-year-old rolled to his right and fired a bullet to the sideline of the end zone where only his wide receiver could grab it.

The score was one of four on the day for Rodgers, the first time he’s done that in a season opener. His 364 yards passing were also the most in an opener and eight different receivers had at least one catch.

If you saw the word vintage trending on social media Sunday afternoon it was probably because of Rodgers’ performance.

Defense: Cornerback Jaire Alexander

Yes, he gave up some plays late, but Alexander also made, perhaps, the biggest play of the game on defense. Trailing 7-3, and after the Packers had failed to convert on fourth down from the 1-yard line, Alexander came free for a safety on Minnesota’s next possession.

The safety gave them the two points and the ball back, which led to another Green Bay field goal. Later in the second quarter, he picked off Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins, setting up the Packers second touchdown of the day and giving them a 22-7 lead.

Special teams: Mason Crosby

In what was an otherwise quiet night from the special teams, the veteran kicker hit both of his field goal attempts, including from 43 yards, while also hitting all five of his extra points.

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Adams on what he saw from Rodgers this week:

“I saw that laser focus come the beginning of the week. Obviously he’s always focused but there is a certain type of look in his eye he has, and he definitely had that going into the week.

“That’s my guy. I expect nothing less from him at this point. We’ve been going seven years together. We talked a lot this week about how we wanted to attack this game, starting fast, because we know, the team goes as we go. So we try to put as much as we can on us and just lead the way.”

Rodgers on playing in a stadium with no fans:

“It was very strange. One of the strangest experiences that I’ve had in the NFL.”

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— The Packers were not on the field for the national anthem or “Lift Every Voice And Sing”. President/CEO Mark Murphy released a statement during the game explaining their absence:

“The Green Bay Packers respect the national anthem and United States flag and all that they represent, including the right to express ourselves.

“We decided as a team to remain in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ so as to not distract from our message that we stand united for social justice and racial equality.

“This is part of our continued call on our leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue that results in change. We feel it is important for all of us to participate in these difficult conversations with humility and be open to different perspectives.”

— Nine players made their NFL debuts — Krys Barnes, Josiah Deguara, AJ Dillon, Tipa Galeai, Jonathan Garvin, John Lovett, Jon Runyan, Vernon Scott and Malik Taylor.

— Barnes was called up from the practice squad on Saturday. He ended up starting at inside linebacker next to Christian Kirksey, finishing with seven tackles, including two for loss.

— The Packers suffered a pair of potentially serious injuries along the offensive line. Guard Lucas Patrick left with a shoulder injury in the first half and then the other guard, Lane Taylor, suffered a knee injury that led to him being carted off the field. Green Bay also lost star defensive tackle Kenny Clark to a knee injury in the first half.

— Right tackle Billy Turner was inactive due to a knee injury. Guard Elgton Jenkins started in his place while Patrick started at left guard. When Patrick got hurt, Jenkins went back to left guard and Rick Wagner came in at right tackle.

Inside the Numbers

14 — That’s how many reception Adams had on the day, tying a team record set by Don Hutson in 1942. Adams turned those receptions into 156 yards and two touchdowns. He’s got 27 catches the last two games against Minnesota.

96 — That’s how many yards receiving Marquez Valdes-Scantling had. The third-year receiver had a great training camp and it showed early against Minnesota, including on a 48-yard touchdown. Two drops followed that, but Rodgers came back to him several more times and he delivered with two more first-down grabs.

12 — That’s how many tackles Kirksey had in his first game with the Packers.

0 — That’s how many sacks the Packers gave up despite having to shuffle their offensive line around due to injuries. They gave up zero sacks just once all last year.

41:16 — That’s how long the Packers had the ball on Sunday. It’s their highest TOP since 2009.

43 — That’s how many points the Vikings gave up — the most they’ve ever allowed in a season opener.

What’s Next

Green Bay (1-0) comes home to Lambeau Field to face Detroit (0-1) on Sunday at 12 p.m.

Billy Turner, Montravius Adams listed as doubtful for Week 1

It’s unlikely the Green Bay Packers will have their preferred starting right tackle on Sunday against Minnesota.

The team released its final injury report of the week and Billy Turner was listed as doubtful with a knee injury. He practiced on a limited basis Thursday but must not have bounced back well as he did not take part in Friday’s session.

Coach Matt LaFleur would not tip his hand on who would start in Turner’s place if he can’t go, but the likely candidates include Rick Wagner and Elgton Jenkins. If it’s the latter, that would mean Lucas Patrick would slide into Jenkins’ spot at left guard.

Defensive end Montravius Adams is also listed as doubtful. He went down early in training camp with a toe injury but returned to practice on a limited basis this week.

Safety Raven Greene is considered questionable with his quad injury. The Packers could definitely use Greene’s run stopping ability against a strong Minnesota rushing attack led by Dalvin Cook.

The only player listed as out is rookie linebacker Randy Ramsey (groin).

Minnesota does not have anyone on its first-week injury report, though Pro Bowl defensive end Danielle Hunter was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.

Packers get some good news as Billy Turner returns to practice on a limited basis

There was good news on the injury report Thursday for the Green Bay Packers.

Right tackle Billy Turner was in uniform for the first time in two weeks when the team hit the practice field. He has been dealing with a knee injury and was seen wearing a brace by reporters. The official injury report listed him as limited, but it is a good first step for him to potentially be available for Sunday’s opener at Minnesota.

Coach Matt LaFleur has said they’ll take the entire week and see where they are health-wise before making a decision on who will line up at right tackle. If it’s not Turner, free agent addition Rick Wagner and left guard Elgton Jenkins are possibilities.

Linebacker Oren Burks returned to full participation after being limited on Wednesday with a groin injury, while Montravious Adams (toe) and safety Raven Greene (quadricep) were still limited.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis was given the day off for rest, while linebacker Randy Ramsey remained out with a groin injury.

Minnesota did not have a single player on its injury report.

Packers won’t have to face Minnesota Pro Bowl DE on Sunday

The Green Bay Packers are going to catch a break this Sunday against Minnesota.

The Vikings announced Wednesday that two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Danielle Hunter is going on injured reserve with what is reportedly a neck injury. Hunter will have to miss at least three weeks, which obviously includes Sunday’s opener against the Packers.

“He’s a fantastic player,” said Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was informed of the news right at the beginning of his weekly press conference. “That’s definitely a loss for their defense.”

Hunter had 14.5 sacks in each of the last two seasons for the Vikings.

His absence comes at a time when the Packers aren’t quite sure who their right tackle will be. Presumed starter Billy Turner missed Wednesday’s practice with a knee injury.

“It’s kind of a work in progress right now,” coach Matt LaFleur said before practice. “We’ll see where we’re at health-wise at the end of the week and then make a decision that we feel is going to give us the best chance to win.”

Veteran Rick Wagner would be the obvious choice to fill in if Turner can’t go. He missed time in training camp with an elbow injury but was not listed on the injury report Wednesday. It’s possible they could also move Elgton Jenkins to right tackle and have Lucas Patrick fill Jenkins’ spot at left guard.

The good news on the injury report for the Packers was the return of defensive lineman Montravious Adams and safety Raven Greene. Both players missed extended time with injuries in training camp but were limited participants at practice on Wednesday.

Linebacker Oren Burks, one of two guys that is being looked at as a starter next to Christian Kirksey at inside linebacker, was limited with a groin injury.

Outside linebacker Randy Ramsey didn’t practice due to a groin injury of his own.

RB Aaron Jones says his agents and the Packers are working on contract extension

The Green Bay Packers are working on a new contract for Aaron Jones.

That comes from the running back himself. Appearing Tuesday on Good Morning Football on the NFL Network, Jones said the two sides are talking.

A number of other running back deals this offseason, including Tennessee’s Derrick Henry, set the market for Jones, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

The UTEP alum, who had 1,558 yards from scrimmage and an NFL-best 19 touchdowns last season, is among several key players on expiring contracts. The list includes All-Pro tackle David Bakhtiari, center Corey Linsley and cornerback Kevin King.

Green Bay will open the 2020 season at Minnesota on Sunday.