GREEN BAY – The Packers are bringing back wide receiver Trevor Davis from injured reserve and he is slated to practice on Wednesday.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy made the announcement Wednesday morning.
Davis went on IR back in Week 2 with a hamstring injury. He is not eligible to play in this week’s game against Miami, because the IR rules dictate players miss a minimum of eight games, but he will be eligible for next Thursday’s game at Seattle.
The Packers placed receiver Geronimo Allison on IR on Tuesday, but with rookie receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown getting plenty of snaps through the season’s first two months, it’s hard to say how much Davis will play on offense right away.
Where he likely will help immediately is in the return game, coming off a 2017 season when he was the Packers’ primary punt and kickoff returner, ranking in the top 10 in the league in both categories. Davis ranked third in the league on punt returns.
The Packers traded primary kickoff returner Ty Montgomery last week, with veteran cornerback Bashaud Breeland taking over those duties in the most recent game in New England. Veteran corner Tramon Williams has handled punt returns thus far in 2018.
Davis is one of two returnees from IR the Packers get this season. The other is still “open for discussion,” McCarthy said, with receiver Jake Kumerow being one option. Allison is out at least through the end of the regular season but would be eligible to return for the playoffs if the Packers qualify and he’s healthy.
In other injury news, McCarthy said safety Kentrell Brice (knee) would be rehabbing on Wednesday, but his status for the remainder of the week was still being evaluated. McCarthy was pleased with Tramon Williams’ first full-time performance at the position last week.
Regarding safety Jermaine Whitehead’s release on Tuesday by General Manager Brian Gutekunst, McCarthy said “it’s usually never just one thing,” referring to Whitehead’s personal foul and ejection against the Patriots.
“The direction, Brian’s imprint on the football team, there’s been change,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy has shortened Wednesday’s practice due to the Packers coming off of back-to-back road games, the latest in New England being a night contest, and with the short week coming up heading into next Thursday’s game at Seattle.
The Packers will conduct their usual padded practice on Thursday.