Shark Bites

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.

11:12am EST 12/30/18

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 Randall Cobb has cleared the concussion protocol, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports. Barring a setback, Cobb will return for Sunday's finale. He figures to step back in as the primary slot receiver vs. a Lions defense that's allowed the 7th most PPR points to slot guys.

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.

11:12am EST 12/23/18

Packers WR Randall Cobb (concussion) is inactive for today’s game against the Jets. Look for Marquez Valdes-Scantling to step into Cobb’s slot role, with Equanimeous St. Brown remaining on the outside opposite Davante Adams. The rookies are just DFS fliers.

Packers WR Randall Cobb (concussion) is listed as doubtful for Week 16. He didn’t practice all week and won’t play against the Jets on Sunday. That’ll leave Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown as Green Bay’s #2 and #3 WRs. The rookies are both just fantasy fliers.

Packers WR Randall Cobb (concussion) remained sidelined on Thursday. He now looks like a long shot to get cleared in time for this weekend's game. That'd move Marquez Valdes-Scantling back inside for a plus matchup against a Jets defense that's allowed the 2nd most PPR points to slot receivers. MVS is still tough to trust, though, with 5 straight games under 20 yards.

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.

Packers WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. He still has multiple stages of the protocol to pass through. If Cobb isn't cleared by Sunday, Marquez Valdes-Scantling will step in as Green Bay's slot receiver with Equanimeous St. Brown playing on the outside along with Davante Adams.

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.

Packers WR Randall Cobb sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Bears, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports. It's the 1st known concussion for Cobb. We'll track his progress through the protocol this week.

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.

Packers WR Randall Cobb was evaluated for a concussion in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Bears. The team hasn't yet announced whether Cobb has been diagnosed with the head injury. We'll keep an eye on him this coming week.

 
 
 

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