GREEN BAY, Wis. — Davante Adams made no apologies for his need to play — and even play harm — however the Green Bay Packers receiver admitted that frustration led to his since-deleted tweet on the morning of his crew’s most up-to-date sport Oct. 5 towards the Falcons, when he mentioned it was the crew’s determination — not his — to carry him out.
“It isn’t an excessive amount of to learn into it to say I used to be annoyed,” Adams mentioned Wednesday. “Clearly, I am a competitor. I believe everyone is aware of that. Everyone is aware of what I am about and the way I play soccer. I do not essentially, clearly, perceive what the membership’s curiosity [is] and all the pieces that goes with it.
“However being a competitor, like I mentioned, and me being who I’m and the way I am wired, even when I am not 100%, which I mentioned clearly at that time I felt nice to play. However even when I am not 100%, I imply, I’ve performed few soccer video games feeling 100%. So on the finish of the day, a variety of that factored into the choice.”
Though Adams didn’t put a share on the well being of his hamstring Wednesday, he seems on monitor to play Sunday for the undefeated Packers (4-0) towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2) within the third assembly between future Corridor of Fame quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
Adams, who caught a career-high 14 passes within the season opener earlier than he suffered his damage in Week 2, practiced Wednesday as a full participant. He practiced on a restricted foundation main into the Week 4 sport towards Atlanta. The Packers had their bye final week, which might have factored into the crew’s determination to carry Adams out the earlier week.
“Hamstring feels good,” Adams mentioned after apply. “It feels even higher than it was at that time, when the tweet was put out.”
Coach Matt LaFleur mentioned he did not inform Adams to take down the tweet, however Adams mentioned he did it as a result of “that was one of the best factor to do. A little bit annoyed when it occurred, clearly, however then determined to take it down simply so there have been no distractions on sport day, and my teammates might go on the market and care for enterprise with out listening to about an excessive amount of additional stuff.”
The Packers have received all six video games that Adams has missed the previous two seasons. They performed with out their high two receivers towards the Falcons as a result of Allen Lazard went on injured reserve following core muscle surgical procedure.
“We’ll simply see how his physique responds,” LaFleur mentioned. “I do know ‘Te has finished all the pieces in his energy, identical to he did two weeks in the past earlier than we performed Atlanta. He is at all times doing no matter he can to get out on the sector to play together with his teammates as a result of he is aware of he is an necessary a part of what we’re attempting to get finished right here. He is an incredible participant, and I like the way in which he approaches all the pieces.”
If there’s preemptive concern about damage heading into Tampa Bay, maybe it needs to be about Rodgers. He has sustained two accidents at Raymond James Stadium: a shoulder damage in 2008 and a calf damage in 2014 that he blamed on the time on “the poor floor in Tampa.” The Packers haven’t performed in Tampa since that 2014 sport.
“I am hoping that the third time is the attraction,” Rodgers mentioned. “Yeah, have had a pair tough ones down there, however it sort of is what it’s. They’ve had a variety of play over time on that floor. I am undecided what the floor appears to be like like [now], not having performed there, such as you mentioned, since ’14. However attempting to buck that pattern right here in 2020. And hoping that that is the truth.”