Rookie DT Montravius Adams Out 'Multiple Weeks'

Packers rookie defensive tackle Montravius Adams will reportedly miss “multiple weeks” due to a foot injury that will require surgery. Head coach Mike McCarthy broke the news this morning during his pre-practice news conference.

According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, Adams needs a pin inserted in his foot due to a stress fracture.

Adams missed the first padded practice of training camp on Saturday, though the nature of the injury was not disclosed.

How does this affect the Packers?

A third round pick, we expected Adams to push for playing time as a rotational lineman early in training camp, making up part of the second unit with free agent signing Ricky Jean Francois.

The key to Adams’ return will what the “multiple weeks” descriptor actually means. If he’s out three weeks, he could still have two preseason games to show what he can do and may be in a good position to contribute early in the season.

If, however, he’s out closer to five or six weeks, things could get tricky. The Packers wouldn’t cut a third round pick, but early in the season they’ll be light on defensive linemen with Letroy Guion serving a suspension.

If our projections hold and Adams is the fifth of five non-Guion linemen, that would leave the Packers with only Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Dean Lowry, and Ricky Jean Francois to make it through the early portion of the season.

Sorting out the defensive line could become a headache and may require some interesting roster manipulation, even including sending Adams to injured reserve.