Green Bay Packers receiver Geronimo Allison didn’t play on Sunday. He’s dealing with groin and hamstring injuries. Allison injured his groin in practice on Thursday and it now appears the injury is severe.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy termed it a “pretty big injury.” Eloquent as always, Fat Mike.
What we know is that Allison is going to have surgery. Ian Rapoport says he’ll be out approximately six weeks.
#Packers WR Geronimo Allison is expected to have surgery on a core muscle injury, source said. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Allison had seen specialist Dr William Meyers in Philly. The recovery is roughly 6 weeks, making him a candidate for Injured Reserve.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 5, 2018
The Packers have eight games left in the season, so Allison’s season could be over.
This is where it gets interesting.
We’ve advocated for Marquez Valdez-Scantling to be on the field regardless of whether Allison is healthy. Now that point is moot. Valdez-Scantling, who has had 100 yards in two of the last three games, has to be on the field. And let’s be honest. When you take the production — or lack thereof — of Randall Cobb into account, Valdez-Scantling is now really the Packers No. 2 receiver.
Then we need to look at the Packers injured reserve situation. If the Packers put Allison on injured reserve, they are really no worse for wear. They have two receivers sitting on injured reserve who they could designate to return in Trevor Davis and Jake Kumerow.
If Allison goes to IR, we would expect the Packers to bring Kumerow back. Although Davis is a great return man — something the Packers could have already used — he brings nothing as a receiver. If you want a player who can run routes and catch passes like Allison, Kumerow is your guy.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next week. The Packers have thus far been resistant to bring Kumerow or Davis back off IR. They may need to now.