Shark Bites

A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is dealing with an "unusual" knee injury. There's reportedly no ligament damage but a "compression injury from blunt force while bent." It would keep most guys out "a while," the source added. "He shouldn't have played last week and shouldn't play now, but he likely will. There will certainly be a short leash, like there was last week, but we saw what happened." The injury could take a couple of months to heal, so this could be an issue the rest of the season. It's especially bad news with a tough Vikings defense in town today. Rodgers is a risky Week 2 fantasy starter.

Packers WR Davante Adams (shoulder) is expected to play against the Vikings today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. With both he and his QB at less than 100% -- plus a tough matchup with CB Xavier Rhodes -- Adams is more of a WR2 this week.

Aaron Rodgers will "try to play through the pain" of his knee injury today against the Vikings, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. There is reportedly no ligament damage, but Rodgers' injury could take up to 2 months to heal. We'll see how much it inhibits him. For now, the injury at least adds risk to one of Rodgers' toughest matchups of the season. It's tough to sit an active Rodgers anytime, but weigh that risk against the quality of your fill-in option.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) took part in the team's practice on Saturday, according to insider Tom Silverstein. "He will be evaluated in the morning to see how the knee responded," Silverstein adds. We should get an update on Rodgers' status tomorrow morning. And we'll get the Packers' inactives at noon ET.

The Browns have rule LB Christian Kirksey out for Sunday's game in New Orleans. Kirksey's dealing with shoulder and ankle injuries but managed limited practices all week. We'll see about his status heading into Week 3. Cleveland could use James Burgess or Tanner Vallejo in his place. Vallejo is listed as Kirksey's backup, but Burgess has filled in at multiple LB spots for injured starters in the past. Neither will be worth much of a look in IDP leagues. Kirksey's worth holding in redraft leagues of moderate depth.

The Packers list QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He didn't practice all week, but HC Mike McCarthy said Friday that Rodgers is "getting better." We'll continue to keep an eye on his progress over the next couple of days. The good news is that Packers-Vikings kicks off at 1 pm ET, so we'll know Rodgers' status by noon Sunday. If active, he'll be a borderline QB1 at less than 100% against a stingy Minnesota defense.

Packers WR Davante Adams (shoulder) is listed as questionable Sunday’s game against the Vikings. He was limited in practice all week but seems to be trending in the right direction. We’ll find out Adams’ official status by noon ET on Sunday. If both he and QB Aaron Rodgers are active, Adams will be worth sticking with as a WR2. If Rodgers is out, downgrade Adams to WR3 status.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) is "getting better," HC Mike McCarthy said Friday. "I'd say he feels better than he did at the beginning of the week," McCarthy added. We'll see how Green Bay lists Rodgers on the final injury report, but we might not know whether he'll play against Minnesota until inactives are announced. The good news is that it's a 1 pm ET kickoff. It's worth noting that injury expert Dr. David Chao expects Rodgers to play.

Browns LB Christian Kirksey put in limited practices Wednesday and Thursday. The team listed him with both shoulder and ankle injuries. That could explain a somewhat limited snap count (73%) against the Steelers in Week 1. We'll see about Kirksey's status when the Friday game reports come out.

Packers WR Davante Adams (shoulder) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. He said Wednesday that he expects to play against the Vikings this weekend, and he's trending in that direction. The bigger concern for his fantasy outlook is QB Aaron Rodgers' status.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. HC Mike McCarthy said that his QB will try do more with the rehab group than he did Wednesday but reiterated that Rodgers is a question mark for Week 2. “I’m sure he’s sore today," McCarthy said. "This is no layup. That’s why it’s a day to day situation.” Rodgers can play against the Vikings without practicing, but it'd be nice to see him get in at least a limited workout on Friday. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers spoke to the media on Wednesday and said that his injured knee is feeling "a little better each day." He characterized the injury as a sprain and also added that he doesn't need to practice to play against the Vikings this weekend. We'll continue to keep a close eye on his progress over the next few days. Packers-Vikings kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday.

Packers WR Davante Adams sat out Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury suffered in Sunday night's opener against the Bears. He told the media afterward that he's "feeling good" about his chances of playing against the Vikings this weekend. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers won't practice on Wednesday, instead working off to the side with the rehab group. "I would say it's day by day," HC Mike McCarthy said of Rodgers' status. "Anytime a player comes off a game where he's injured, obvious there's the hope of playing. He'll be given the whole week to get ready." We're still betting on Rodgers suiting up for Sunday's game against the Vikings, but there's no guarantee he'll be out there. We'll have another update tomorrow.

Packers HC Mike McCarthy wouldn't commit to QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) being available for Week 2 against the Vikings. "We're still collecting all the information on his specific situation," McCarthy said Monday. "I know Aaron wants to play and is always driven to play but that's all I have right now." Rodgers was obviously limited by that left knee injury on Sunday night -- but he also chucked for 273 yards and 3 TDs in the 2nd half. We'll keep an eye on his status throughout the week, but we'd be surprised if he didn't play in a big game against Minnesota.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers left in the 2nd quarter of Sunday night's game against the Bears after suffering an apparent left leg injury. After being checked out in the blue sideline tent, he rode a cart to the Green Bay locker room. We'll certainly be on the watch for updates. DeShone Kizer is the backup.

Update: Rodgers returned in the 3rd quarter.

The Packers and QB Aaron Rodgers have agreed to a 4-year extension worth $134 million. The $33.5 million average annual salary makes Rodgers the highest-paid player in NFL history. He's now signed with Green Bay through the 2023 campaign.

ESPN's Rob Demovsky believes the Packers might be ready to shift from a committee backfield to the "Jamaal Williams Show." Williams has run as Green Bay's clear lead back in the preseason so far. "He's really poised to have a big year," HC Mike McCarthy said this week. "Clearly without playing a game yet, I think we'll be talking about him at the end of the season as a second-year player that's made the jump ... Jamaal was a heckuva player last year for us as a rookie, and now he's just so comfortable. He's so consistent, and like most rookies that go through an offseason, he's had a chance to catch his breath." Ty Montgomery still figures to steal some passing-game work. And we'll see what Aaron Jones does after his 2-game suspension. But Williams is clearly the Packers RB to own in fantasy football right now -- especially with an ADP sitting in Round 8.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams returned to practice on Tuesday. He ended up missing just 4 days with his sprained ankle. Williams remains in line to open the season as Green Bay's lead back and is a fine value at his 8th-round price tag.

Packers RB Jamaal Williams is "fine" after leaving Thursday night's preseason game with an ankle injury, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. We'll see exactly how long he's sidelined, but it doesn't sound like this will impact Williams' Week 1 role. We're not moving him in the RB rankings.

 
 
 

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