Shark Bites

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers revealed this week that he suffered a tibial plateau fracture and MCL sprain in his left knee in last season's opener. Rodgers told ESPN Wisconsin that the "indent" fracture to the top of the shin bone was "very painful." Rodgers re-injured the MCL in Week 5 on a hit by Lions LB Christian Jones. Rodgers said the injuries limited his mobility "for a good part of the season." Rodgers previously had the ACL repaired in that knee (in high school) and had arthroscopic surgery on the joint after the 2015 season. This time around, he avoided surgery. Instead, Rodgers said he had "a series of shots" this offseason and that the knee now feels fine. Barring any offseason setbacks, Rodgers should be a 2019 bounce-back candidate.

The Packers have reached a new 1-year deal with exclusive-rights free agent WR Geronimo Allison. The contract will reportedly pay him more than the ERFA tender, but it's interesting to see the team not commit to the 25-year-old beyond that. Green Bay, of course, added WRs Marquez Valdes-Scantling, J'Mon Moore and Equanimeous St. Brown in last year's draft. We'll see where Allison settles on this year's depth chart after losing 11 games to multiple injuries in 2018.

The Packers have reached a 4-year agreement with OLB Preston Smith that includes $16 million guaranteed at signing (full value: $52 million), according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. That gives Green Bay a pair of expensive new edge defenders, after the team also reached a deal with Za'Darius Smith. Green Bay will also release OLB Nick Perry, and Clay Matthews would seem to be done as well -- given the signings. (He's an unrestricted free agent.) The new guys should help revamp a pass rush that needed upgrades, but neither Smith has exceeded 8.5 sacks in a season to date. Neither looks like a forthcoming IDP stud, but each has matchup-starter potential for fantasy football purposes.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Packers expect to sign S Adrian Amos when free agency opens. Amos' fantasy points per game fell way off last season from a breakthrough 2017, but he has finished 2 straight campaigns among the top 8 safeties overall in Pro Football Focus grading. Amos will join a Green Bay secondary that didn't get much fantasy wise from safeties after trading away Ha Ha Clinton-Dix early last season. No Packers safety eclipsed 51 total tackles. Amos will clearly lock down 1 of the starting spots. Tramon Williams, Kentrell Brice, Josh Jones and Eddie Pleasant are current candidates for the other. Expect Amos to land in low-DB2 range when our IDP projections hit the site this summer.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Packers are expected to sign OLB Za'Darius Smith when free agency opens Wednesday. Smith delivered a career-high 8.5 sacks in 2018 with the largest playing-time share of his career. He also tied for 14th in pass-rushing grade among all edge players on Pro Football Focus (though Smith graded much lower in run D). Smith's certain to grab a starting role with Green Bay, which has options for how to treat the other outside spot. Remaining a LB for fantasy purposes will limit Smith's IDP upside.

The Packers have hired Matt LaFleur as their new HC. The 39-year-old was a hot name as an OC candidate around this time last year after working under Sean McVay in Los Angeles in 2017. LaFleur's 1 season in Tennessee was underwhelming on paper, with the Titans finishing 25th in total yards and 27th in points. But he was dealt a bad hand at QB between an injured Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert. That likely also played a part in Tennessee being the 2nd run-heaviest offense in the league and 10th slowest in situation-neutral pace. Hopefully LaFleur brings a more aggressive, up-tempo attack to Green Bay. Consider the hire a risk/reward proposition for Aaron Rodgers and Co.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers exited in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Lions to be checked for a concussion. We'll update his status when we learn more. QB DeShone Kizer is in for Green Bay.

Update: Rodgers has been diagnosed with a concussion and is done for the day. It's his 3rd documented concussion.

Packers CB Jaire Alexander is inactive for today's game against the Lions. It's no surprise after his groin injury kept him out of practice all week, but Alexander hit the day questionable.

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Packers WR Davante Adams (knee) is inactive for today’s finale against the Lions. WR Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion) is also inactive. That leaves Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Jake Kumerow as Green Bay’s outside receivers, with Randall Cobb in the slot.

Packers CB Jaire Alexander (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. He missed practice all week after leaving last week's game early and should not be in IDP lineups.

Packers WR Davante Adams (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Lions. He didn’t practice all week. Green Bay obviously has nothing to play for, but Adams needs 134 yards to break Jordy Nelson’s team record for single-season receiving yards. We’ll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday. WR Randall Cobb (concussion), meanwhile, will return for Sunday’s finale. WR Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion) is listed as doubtful.

Packers WR Davante Adams (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He played 96% of the offensive snaps last week and seemed to come out of the game fine. We're tentatively expecting Adams to play against the Lions this weekend, but check back tomorrow for another update.

Packers CB Jaire Alexander left Sunday's win over the Jets in the 1st half with a groin injury and did not return. He previously missed a pair of October games with an injury to the same area. Alexander won't be worth the risk in Week 17 for most IDP owners even if he's active.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers told reporters on Wednesday that he'll play against the Jets this weekend. Green Bay was eliminated from playoff contention last week, and Rodgers injured his groin. But he'll get back out there anyway. "I'm super competitive," Rodgers explained. He'll be a lower-end QB1 for Week 16.

The Packers will place DT Kenny Clark on IR with the elbow injury that kept him out of Week 15, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The injury reportedly won't require surgery, so Clark should be set for 2019. That will be the final year on his current contract. Clark will still be just 23 when next season begins -- continued his statistical ascent this year, scoring as a top 15 fantasy D-lineman. Expect to find him in starter range when our 2019 IDP rankings come out.

4:12pm EST 12/18/18

The Packers placed RB Aaron Jones (knee) on IR. That leaves Jamaal Williams as the feature back for the final 2 weeks of the season. In the last 5 games Jones has missed, Williams has averaged 18.4 carries, 62.2 rushing yards, 2.8 catches, 30 receiving yards and .4 total TDs. He's a solid RB2 against the Jets in Week 16.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said he injured his groin on the final play of the 1st half of Sunday's loss to the Bears. He played the 2nd half but admitted that the groin "bothered [him] a little bit." It sounds like something Rodgers would play through if Green Bay was still in the playoff hunt. But they were officially eliminated with the loss in Chicago. HC Joe Philbin said Monday that he plans on Rodgers playing against the Jets this weekend. We'll see if those plans change.

The Packers believe RB Aaron Jones sprained his right MCL in the loss to the Bears, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The injury is "not considered serious," Rapoport adds. Jones suffered the same injury to the same knee last year and missed 2 games. It's possible we don't see him again this season -- especially with the Packers eliminated from playoff contention. That'd leave Jamaal Williams as the lead back.

1:12pm EST 12/16/18

Packers RB Aaron Jones injured his right knee in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bears and is questionable to return. Jamaal Williams will serve as Green Bay's lead back for as long as Jones is out.

Packers DT Kenny Clark is out for today's game against the Bears because of an elbow injury. That's a big blow to both the Green Bay run defense and the interior pass rush. It's also a big blow to IDP lineups, as Clark has been a season-long DL1.

 
 
 

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