Packers places Marquez Valdes-Scantling on COVID list

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Marquez Valdes-Scantling was added to the Green Bay Packers’ COVID roster on Tuesday, the latest blow to the bodies of the team’s increasingly slim receivers.

Valdes-Scantling has just won one of his best games of the season. Sunday in Baltimore, he caught 5 of 7 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. One of the major deep threats in the league, Valdes-Scantling received a 31-yard reception. He also used his strength to cross the goal line on his 11-yard touchdown. His five receptions were for the first tries.

Discussing his franchise-record 442nd career touchdown pass that went to Valdes-Scantling, Rodgers said, “Marquez is a special human being. He really has a great personality. I could feel, in terms of confidence, that he was a bit high and low. Being able to bring him out tonight and play like he played, catching the record touchdown, I think it was very about the football and the beauty and redemption stories that happen every week. So I’m really happy for Marquez.

Missing time earlier this season with a hamstring injury, Valdes-Scantling caught 25 passes for 471 yards and three touchdowns in nine games.

Since entering the NFL as a fifth-round pick in 2018, Valdes-Scantling has been fourth in the NFL with 18 receptions from over 40 yards. Extending it to 50 yards, Rodgers has 10 such touchdowns since the start of the 2018 season. Eight of them have gone to Valdes-Scantling.

If Valdes-Scantling is not cleared before Saturday’s game against Cleveland, Rodgers would be working with an incredibly watered-down group of wide receivers. Tight end Robert Tonyan, who led that position in touchdowns last year, came out with a ripped ACL, and wide receiver Randall Cobb a key safety cover for Rodgers on his return to the squad, is absent after abdominal muscle operation.

In addition, two saves were released at the end of the Baltimore game. Equanimeous St. Brown was inactive against the Ravens with a concussion; his participation would have been limited had the team trained on Tuesday. Malik Taylor, who suffered from an abdominal injury, reportedly failed to train after sustaining a shoulder injury against the Ravens.

Healthy receivers on the depths chart are starters Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, and two rarely used players: Amari Rodgers, a third-round rookie, and Juwann Winfree, who was promoted from the practice squad. last week.

With the Ravens overtaking Adams just about every snap, it was Valdes-Scantling who stepped up.

“I just walked past him in the locker room and said, ‘He’s the Marquez I know,'” Rodgers said after the game. “I am very, very proud of him. He fought. His back is a bit tight and from a confidence standpoint we wanted him to feel confident again. He did some really important takes. The incline for a touchdown is a great route and then, not only that, but it’s a great grip and extension to the end zone to get that touchdown. This is the Marquez we all know and love. Glad to have sent him away tonight. It was important and that’s what we’ll need if the defenses are to change their whole scheme and put two guys on Tae.

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