'Big injury' looms for Packers WR Geronimo Allison

-- After seeming like one of the breakout targets in the Green Bay Packers' offense this season, wide receiver Geronimo Allison's third year in the league has quickly taken a turn for the worst.

After dealing with a concussion suffered against the Buffalo Bills in September and an ensuing hamstring injury, Allison caught just one pass for 14 yards against the Los Angeles Rams in his return to the field.

However, the reunion didn't last long. Allison was ruled out for Sunday night's meeting with the New England Patriots because of a groin injury, which, according to coach Mike McCarthy, is significant.

McCarthy referred to Allison's injury as a "pretty big" one that required him to meet with core injury specialist Dr. William Meyer in Philadelphia. 

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Meyer is documented to have operated on former Packers defensive backs Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins for their respective injuries. Surgery is a realistic option for Allison, who has been plagued by injuries for most of the year.

Along with Allison, two other starters left Foxborough, Massachusetts with injuries of their own.

Cornerback Kevin King suffered a hamstring injury and right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the game early with a knee injury. Fortunately for the Packers, the diagnosis on both of them, so far, are reassuring and shouldn't be long-term issues.

According to McCarthy, King will be "hard-pressed" to play this week against the Miami Dolphins. It would be the third game he's missed this season.

Bulaga, meanwhile, reportedly avoided a major injury to his knee.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport said Monday that there was no structural damage found in Bulaga's knee and there's the possibility that he could even play this week against the Dolphins. McCarthy later confirmed those sentiments, offering the rest of the week to truly define Bulaga's diagnosis.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

November 05, 2018 at 05:12 pm

I hate to say it but Geronimo Allison will never play another down for the Packers. He had no speed to begin with and with this latest injury I don't expect him to get faster. Good kid and feel bad for him but life goes on. Next year I see Adams and MVS as our two superstars along with ESB, Moore and Kumerow. Also they'll be drafting and bringing in other free agents etc. I don't see how Geronimo plays again in a Packers uniform. I just don't.

As for Kevin King, he's the ultimate tease. It's almost expected that he's not going to play. That's not good.

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Coldworld's picture

November 05, 2018 at 05:27 pm

If Kumerow is activated and performs or another receiver steps up, I agree that Allison would seem to be at best in a fight for 4th to 6th receiver (after Adams, MVS, EQ) assuming no injuries.

That said, his route running and performance in early games coupled with low cost would seem to argue that he might have a chance and be seen as a valuable back up.

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Old School's picture

November 05, 2018 at 07:15 pm

I wouldn't close the book on Allison yet. I'd disagree with the uncharitable description of him as not fast.....he's plenty fast enough, as long as he runs the right route and catches the ball.

I also think it's too early to crown MVS as next year's superstar. Of the 4 rookie receivers we have, he's stayed healthy and played well and will certainly have a chance to cement himself as our #2 WR going into next year.....as long as he stays healthy and plays well.

If we release Cobb...as I expect we will.....then we're looking at Adams, MSV, St. Brown, Moore....who hasn't done squat, Kumerow, who has done less....and whoever else we bring in. I don't see why, if Allison can rehab, he wouldn't be able to beat some of those guys out.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 06, 2018 at 03:30 am

It will be interesting. Allison will be an RFA. The lowest tender is for $2M or so and gives us the right to match. IDK, I am not willing to commit long term to Allison, so I probably wouldn't match any long term contract. I'd (somewhat paradoxically) put the 2nd round tender of roughly $3M on Allison. That should scare off any offer sheets, and I'd certainly take a 2nd for Allison. Tenders aren't guaranteed, so there's no guaranteed money in putting that tender on Allison. He still has to be one of GB's top 5 WRs.

But then he isn't dirt cheap, but he is reasonably priced.

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4thand1's picture

November 05, 2018 at 05:27 pm

To bad for Geronimo, has great hands and gets open. The good news is the depth at WR, the only spot on the team that has it.

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PAPackerbacker's picture

November 05, 2018 at 05:46 pm

Why so many injuries in the NFL any more? Is it because of artificial turf? I just don't understand why so many. Football should be played on natural grass anyhow. So many injuries that slow down an athlete's career or end it any more. I feel for Allison. His injury will more than likely see him as a back up as long as he stays with the Packers.

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Old School's picture

November 05, 2018 at 07:17 pm

It's the speed. Linemen are big but not injured as much as the smaller, faster skill position guys.

I also wonder if these guys weight trained a little less and did stretching and yoga more......maybe they wouldn't get hurt as much.

But hey, it's a rough game. You're gonna get your skirt dirty.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

November 05, 2018 at 08:41 pm

Football players are stronger and faster than ever. Those high speed collisions have led to up a take in injuries. With the internet we have instant access to injuries across the league in seconds at our fingertips. Fantasy Football has made people even more aware of who is and isn't starting.

I said at the start of 2018 that Allison had great hands and could get open but he was the Don Barlclay of WRs. I hoped MVS, ESB, or Moore would replace him due to their athleticism. MVS definately has, ESB has flashed a d Moore has potential if he can overcome the drops. Hopefully Allison recovers and all the competition takes him to a level I didn't think he had. I do think he reached his ceiling and injuries will cause him to regress and get cut in 2019 along with Cobb.

As for Linemen not being injured tell that to Bulaga, McCray, Murphy for the Packers OL and Wilkerson and Adams (last year) for the DL. That's just the Packers. Ankle and back injuries happen all the time along the line when you get ask big men to play with leverage.

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PAPackerbacker's picture

November 06, 2018 at 03:25 am

I still believe artificial turf has a lot to do with injuries. It doesn't give like natural grass does, therefore causing a body part to give. From what I was lead to believe artificial turf is like blacktop with a rug laid on top of it. If that's true that would explain a lot. Myself, I'd rather fall in the grass than on my driveway, let alone be running full speed and be tackled by a 260 to 300 pound man running full speed right towards me and falling on my driveway :-) Even high schools are using artificial turf and, at least here locally, there are more football injuries to players in our high schools now than 20 years ago.

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Lare's picture

November 05, 2018 at 05:47 pm

It's just really hard to succeed when you have a lot of money and game planning invested in players that are almost always injured.

Time to move on from the TT era.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

November 05, 2018 at 05:53 pm

You hit on another point as to why I don't see Geronimo back. He's a TT guy. It just seems like Gute is quickly trying to turn over this team as fast as he can with his guys and that's normal. Gute on both sides of the ball also seems to have the "need for speed". MVS and ESB have that. Geronimo unfortunately does not. It's going to get interesting watching this roster change especially if they lose to Miami.

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stockholder's picture

November 05, 2018 at 07:21 pm

Where is Moore? 4th round Bust!

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Coldworld's picture

November 06, 2018 at 05:55 am

Just ordinary curve for a receiver. MVS is way ahead of the norm for a rookie.

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Old School's picture

November 05, 2018 at 07:19 pm

Aaron Rodgers, in his post game comments, indicated he thought the Packers were a more talented team than their record would indicate.

I think we've got a pretty good roster. I think other teams have injuries too. Hell, the Eagles and Vikings both lost their starting QBs last year and ended up in the Championship game.

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PAPackerbacker's picture

November 06, 2018 at 03:29 am

I agree. I'll just add my 2 cents. The difference being the head coach.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 06, 2018 at 03:35 am

Favre said that in 2005 as well. To translate, Favre meant that the team had a lot of young very talented players who are unlikely to be productive as rookies so the team is going to stink but get better in a year.

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Coldworld's picture

November 06, 2018 at 05:56 am

Incisive comment. That view is, in my view, the key to understanding what Gute is doing.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

November 05, 2018 at 07:36 pm

Week 1 update:
Cornerback Kevin King suffered a * injury and right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the game early with a * injury.

Week 2 update:
Cornerback Kevin King suffered a * injury and right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the game early with a * injury.

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Week 7 update:
Cornerback Kevin King suffered a * injury and right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the game early with a * injury.

Week 8 update:
Cornerback Kevin King suffered a * injury and right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the game early with a * injury.

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Chuck Farley's picture

November 05, 2018 at 07:40 pm

Off with their heads

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MarkinMadison's picture

November 05, 2018 at 07:42 pm

I've got to think this is Bulaga's lat year in Green Bay. Great player when he is healthy, he just misses too many snaps.

I have to agree that Geronimo and Cobb are going to have a hard time making this squad next year. All three of the receivers drafted this year are tall and fast. They provide the potential for downfield dominance that the Packers have lacked since Jordy started to decline.

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31 Wedge's picture

November 05, 2018 at 07:48 pm

Yeah, I see Gute going pretty hard on OL this draft.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

November 05, 2018 at 09:07 pm

I see Gute investing once more into the defense with OLB and Safety and then going OL in the mid rounds. Later rounds being project players anyone with a high SPARQ regardless of position. After cutting TY I see a 6th or 7th round RB. Sadly I'm more excited for the draft and 2019 than 2018. I haven't given up on the Packers turning it around I just think Philbin needs to be replaced by a better OC don't care if McCarthy stays or goes love what I've seen from Pettine so far.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

November 06, 2018 at 03:39 am

If you see a first or second round draft pick at RT or a FA signing, then quite possibly Bulaga will be gone. If not, he'll be back. No denying that the Packers' offense works better when Bulaga plays. Simply true (well, IMO).

If Spriggs keeps improving, he probably makes the team in 2019. I thought he played okay. Decent back-up.

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The TKstinator's picture

November 05, 2018 at 08:03 pm

I think most players (and non-players) would say any groin injury is a BIG injury.

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4thand1's picture

November 05, 2018 at 08:16 pm

It could also be a small injury.

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LeotisHarris's picture

November 05, 2018 at 08:33 pm

No doubt. Plus, Zach's headline says it "Looms". Christ. A looming big groin injury. ::shudder::

I hope CTV will offer breaking coverage if it's downgraded to Extra Medium, or, heaven help us all, Super-Sized.

Just a reminder, too, Ray NItschke played the entire 1966 season without a groin. No groin whatsoever. Clarence Williams and Alden Roche shared a groin for the 1975 season, which explains why they never got off the line of scrimmage, but still. God I miss the days when men were men.

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dblbogey's picture

November 05, 2018 at 08:43 pm

I'm 66, married 45 years. They can have my groin, I don't use it anymore.

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flackcatcher's picture

November 06, 2018 at 12:58 am

not going there, NOT GOING THERE...................:)

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