Three days before the Green Bay Packers played their 2020 season opener against the Minnesota Vikings, Billy Turner made it interesting by practicing the injured on the pads.
Turner, who injured his right knee at a Lambo field practice Aug. 30, has done nothing with the strength and conditioning staff on the side during practice. The Packers are preparing to miss the opener with the hope that they might be able to play.
While this does not guarantee anything, in fact Turner was able to participate in individual practice during the first part of practice as he gets closer to getting the game ready. However, he did not participate in any one-on-one pass exercises, which are the most physical of the individual tasks.
Reporters are forced out of practice before the 11-on-11s begin, so it is unknown whether they participated in them.
Turner wore a brace on his knee and was not bothered by the work he did. When the other linemen were doing 1-on-1, Turner spoke with the training staff, possibly allowing them to explain how the brace was working.
Turner has been injured before.
Last year, he suffered a high ankle sprain in the final week of the regular season and found a way to return two weeks later and play in a divisional playoff game against the Seahawks of Seattle. He also played the entire game against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.
Adam Stanwyck said Wednesday, “Boys like Billy, they want nothing to happen,” “and sometimes as a coach you have to protect yourself from them.” But at the end of the day, you know, they are adults and believe me if they say they are ready to go.
“I’m not going to argue with them. So, this is just a confidence factor that you have and they are with you as far as you are doing best for them and are they ready to help the team as much as possible?
“So, this is something we’re going to see this week and see what happens.”
If Turner cannot play, the Packers have the option of starting veteran Rick Wagner, who is battling an elbow injury, on one of his two guards Elton Jenkins or Lane Taylor.
Mac, Williams Fills Practice Squad
The Packers have signed free-agent defensive tackle Daylon Mack to the practice squad.
Mack was the fifth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens out of the Texas A&M in 2019, but appeared in only one game for the Ravens after moving to injured reserve with a knee injury in November.
The Revens forgave him on 1 August. The Detroit Lions claimed the next day to forgive them for just one physical failure on August 7. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 340-pounder then signed with the New York Giants on August 17 before cutting the 53-man roster to deadline 5.
The Packers brought Mac to workout a week earlier and signed him after passing the COVID-19 testing protocol.
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ESPN’s Rob Demowski first reported signing.
At Texas A&M, Mack played with Packers defensive linesman Kingsley Keke and pressured in the backfield opposition, recording eight career sacks and tackling 27 tackles for loss in four years.
Dexter Williams also returned to the running team formally after being cut on 5 September. He went to Orlando to live with his newborn son and was signed to the practice squad following the COVID-19 testing protocol. To make room for Mack and Williams, the team released offensive running backs Alex Light and Damaria Crockett.