Green Bay’s kicker Mason Crosby misses 5 attempts on Sunday

Grant SmithOct 08, 2018

In three of Green Bay's five games - versus Chicago, at Washington and at Detroit - they have made slow starts. Randall Cobb has been ruled out by head coach Mike McCarthy.

With the two players above out, Valdes-Scantling should be primed for a big role opposite Davante Adams in Week 5 against the Detroit Lions.

Adams suffered a calf injury Wednesday and has not participated in workouts since.

Cobb missed Sunday's game after injuring his hamstring in last Thursday's practice, and Allison was concussed against the Bills. "It's magnificent to see a guy like that who's one of the best in the league to fight through that injury and not having to be able to practice all week and to go out and play like he did, that's awesome to see". After hurting his left knee in the opener, Rodgers practiced only on Saturdays in Weeks 2 and 3 but did not miss a game.

Aaron Rodgers (left) talked about frustration with the offense last week against the Bills, but stressed that there is no rift with the coaches. The game will be the first he has missed since 2016.

Many will be quick to point out Rodgers three touchdowns and 400-yard performance, but don't overlook the two fumbles.

Rookie wide receivers rarely make a huge impact on offense. Now the three rookies may go from being criticized in practice to playing very significant roles in an important game against a division rival.

"I always prepare like I'm going to be the No. 1 receiver", Valdes-Scantling said. "I think that's something we had to do over time". One will be filled by defensive lineman David Irving in his return from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, but the team said he didn't make the trip and wouldn't play against the Texans. His practice status on Friday will be a big determining factor. "They haven't had much of an opportunity early in the season", Cobb said.

"Mike and I talk all the time", Rodgers said. "Those opportunities are going to come and it's all about just them being ready for them. When you get in games, it's a different situation". Tight end Jimmy Graham is fourth on the team with 16 receptions and running back Ty Montgomery, who started his career as a receiver, is fifth with 11.

As for Rodgers, his two lost fumbles marked just the third time in his career that's happened - and the first time in almost three years.

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