Packers upgrade Kevin King to questionable vs. Cowboys

CB Kevin King
CB Kevin King

GREEN BAY – The Packers have ruled out receiver Davante Adams for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

The two-time Pro Bowler didn’t practice this week due to the toe injury he sustained last Thursday against Philadelphia. Green Bay also ruled out running back Jamaal Williams (concussion) and cornerback Tony Brown (hamstring), while cornerback Kevin King (groin) was originally listed as doubtful, but upgraded to questionable on Saturday.

Four others have been listed as questionable: tackle Bryan Bulaga (shoulder), defensive lineman Montravius Adams (shoulder), and linebackers Kyler Fackrell (shoulder) and Oren Burks (chest).

Aside from Adams, the Packers will have the rest of their receivers available. Jake Kumerow, who missed the past two games with a shoulder injury, was removed from the injury report Friday and is expected to play.

Second-year receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (16 catches for 217 yards and a touchdown) and veteran Geronimo Allison stand to play significant roles in Adams’ absence, while Kumerow, Darrius Shepherd and Allen Lazard also are ready if their number is called against the Cowboys.

“We go into every week preparing the same,” said Lazard of the three reserves, who have combined for 44 offensive snaps this season. “You never know with this game of football who’s going to be up and who’s going to be down with injuries. It’s the flow of the game. You just have to be able to go and prepare the same way. I think that’s what makes ‘17’ so great. He goes out there and performs, and he’s very consistent.”

Bulaga exited before halftime of last Thursday’s game against the Eagles but was back on the practice field Wednesday. If he plays, Sunday’s game in Dallas would mark the veteran right tackle’s 100th career regular-season start.

Williams remains in the concussion protocol and didn’t practice this week. In Williams’ stead, Green Bay will lean on Aaron Jones, fullback Danny Vitale and possibly rookie sixth-round pick Dexter Williams to carry the ground game.

Jones, who hails from El Paso, Texas, had his first 100-yard rushing game against Dallas in a 35-31 win over the Cowboys on Oct. 8, 2017 (19 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown). On the other sideline, Green Bay will look to contain All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 116 yards on 29 carries in that same contest.

“I definitely think I can go toe to toe with him,” Jones said. “I feel like that’s something I did a couple of years back in Dallas when not a lot of people knew me. That was my first start. I definitely think I can go toe to toe. I’m excited to be in the same stadium and to compete against him.”

The Packers’ defensive front could potentially receive a boost from Montravius Adams, who returned to practice this week after missing two games with a shoulder injury.

Neither King nor Brown practiced this week (through Friday), which could mean more reps for nickel cornerback Tramon Williams and 2018 second-round pick Josh Jackson, who played safety in the dime after Redmond exited the Eagles game in the second half.

Burks has yet to make his 2019 debut but practiced in pads for the first time Thursday since sustaining a torn pectoral muscle in the Packers’ preseason opener against Houston on Aug. 8.

In addition to Kumerow, Green Bay removed four others from the injury report who are expected to be available Sunday: tight end Jimmy Graham (veteran rest), linebacker Blake Martinez (shoulder), and safeties Adrian Amos (biceps) and Will Redmond (concussion).

The Cowboys have ruled out starting left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle) and listed four others as questionable: starting right tackle La'el Collins (back), receiver Michael Gallup (knee), and defensive linemen Antwaun Woods (knee) and Tyrone Crawford (hip).

Green Bay Packers

17 - WR Davante Adams
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Davante Adams, WR INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Toe DNP DNP DNP Out
90 - DL Montravius Adams
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Montravius Adams, DL INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable
31 - S Adrian Amos
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Adrian Amos, S INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Biceps FP FP FP -
28 - CB Tony Brown
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Tony Brown, CB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
75 - T Bryan Bulaga
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Bryan Bulaga, T INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable
42 - LB Oren Burks
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Oren Burks, LB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Chest LP LP LP Questionable
51 - LB Kyler Fackrell
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Kyler Fackrell, LB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Shoulder DNP LP LP Questionable
80 - TE Jimmy Graham
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Jimmy Graham, TE INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
NIR (veteran rest) LP LP LP -
20 - CB Kevin King
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Kevin King, CB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Groin DNP DNP DNP Questionable
16 - WR Jake Kumerow
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Jake Kumerow, WR INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Shoulder FP FP FP -
50 - LB Blake Martinez
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Blake Martinez, LB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Shoulder/Foot LP LP LP -
25 - S Will Redmond
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Will Redmond, S INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Concussion/Shoulder LP FP FP -
30 - RB Jamaal Williams
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Jamaal Williams, RB INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out

Dallas Cowboys

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Player, Pos. INJURY WED THUR FRI STATUS
La'el Collins, T Back DNP DNP LP Questionable
Amari Cooper, WR Ankle LP FP FP -
Tyrone Crawford, DE Hip DNP LP LP Questionable
Michael Gallup, WR Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Luke Gifford, LB Ankle FP FP FP -
Chris Jones, P Back LP FP FP -
DeMarcus Lawrence, DE Knee/Shoulder/Heel LP LP FP -
Sean Lee, LB Knee/NIR FP FP DNP -
Zack Martin, G Back LP LP FP -
Tyron Smith, T Ankle DNP DNP DNP Out
Antwaun Woods, DT Knee LP LP LP Questionable
Xavier Woods, S Ankle FP FP FP -

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