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Funchess (hamstring) has been let go from IR by the Packers with an injury settlement, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: It remains to be seen how close Funchess is to being able to re-take the field. However, following this move, the wideout is now free to catch on with another team once he recovers from what ESPN's Rob Demovsky previously described as a lingering hamstring injury.
Aug 27, 2021 2:37 PM EST
The Packers placed Funchess (lower) on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: The timing means he can't return this season, unless he agrees to an injury settlement and becomes a free agent again. Even if that happens, Funchess is now 27 years old and has been either injured, ineffective or opted out every season since his 840-yard, eight-TD breakout for Carolina back in 2017. It remains to be seen if he's actually dealing with a severe injury or just didn't do enough to make the Week 1 roster before suffering a less-serious injury.
Aug 25, 2021 1:06 PM EST
Funchess (lower body) will not play Saturday versus the Jets, Jason Wilde of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Funchess was a dominate force in the team's preseason opener corralling six passes for 70 yards against the Texans, but the veteran wideout had to be carted off the field Wednesday with a lower-body injury that was later deemed to not serious. Funchess is in a heated battle for one the team's final roster spots at wide receiver along with Equanimeous St. Brown and Malik Taylor.
Aug 21, 2021 1:19 PM EST
Funchess (lower body) is not participating in Thursday's practice, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Funchess had to be carted off the field after pulling up during Wednesday's practice, and while the nature and severity of his apparent injury remain undisclosed, it's not encouraging that he's absent Thursday. At the very least Funchess is trending in the wrong direction for Saturday's preseason contest against the Jets, and it's within the realm of possibility that he's dealing with a serious injury.
Aug 19, 2021 9:15 AM EST
Funchess was carted off the practice field Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Funchess is coming off an impressive preseason showing, having secured six of eight targets for 70 yards while showing chemistry with Jordan Love (shoulder), but he now appears to have suffered a potentially worrying injury. The 27-year-old opted out of the 2020 season and was only able to suit up for one game in 2019 because of a broken collarbone. For the 2021 campaign, he's facing competition from the likes of Equanimeous St. Brown, Malik Tayor and Reggie Begelton for a roster spot.
Aug 18, 2021 10:51 AM EST
Funchess caught six of eight targets for 70 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Texans.
Analysis: With most of the Packers' starting skill players off for the night, including Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, Funchess got a chance to make an impact with Jordan Love (shoulder) under center and he took advantage, leading all receivers in catches and yards. The 27-year-old is looking to get his career back on track after opting out of last season and playing only one game in 2019 due to a broken collarbone, and Funchess will need to continue making good impressions if he's going to win a roster spot.
Aug 15, 2021 6:29 AM EST
Funchess is not assured a spot on the Packers' roster, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Analysis: Funchess has had several productive seasons since entering the league in 2015, but his last one came in 2018, so his track record only counts for so much. He opted out of last season just a few months after joining the Packers, and according to head coach Matt LaFleur, "there is a lot to learn there and (Funchess) has got to continue to grind over the summer so he can put his best foot forward come training camp." Four Packers wideouts are virtually assured of making the cut, so Funchess will need to beat out Equanimeous St. Brown and a host of other players -- or at least all but one or two receivers in that group -- to come away with a spot for Week 1.
Jul 8, 2021 9:55 AM EST
Funchess is accepting a pay cut of approximately $750,000 to stay with the Packers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Funchess opted out of the 2020 season a few months after he signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The deal tolls over to 2021, and the Packers apparently were ready to release him if he didn't agree to a smaller salary. Funchess will be only 27 years old for the upcoming season, but he's played in just one game since the end of 2018, bouncing from Carolina to Indianapolis to Green Bay. He may end up battling for a roster spot this summer.
Mar 9, 2021 7:04 AM EST
Funchess opted out of the 2020 season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The biggest addition to the Packers' receiving corps this offseason, Funchess has elected to stay away from NFL action this year. His decision leaves the wideout group much the same as it did last season. Davante Adams will lead the way and be followed by Allen Lazard. Beyond that duo, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jake Kumerow and Equanimeous St. Brown will compete for slotting.
Jul 28, 2020 2:39 PM EST
Funchess and Allen Lazard are the leading candidates for Green Bay's No. 2 spot at wide receiver, Mike Spofford of Packers.com reports.
Analysis: Funchess signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract in March, likely expecting that his new team would add some wideout competition in the draft. The Packers instead focused on other positions, leaving Funchess, Lazard and Jake Kumerow, among others, to compete for slotting behind target hog Davante Adams. The 26-year-old Funchess had plenty of time to regain his health after a broken collarbone held him out for the final 15 games of last season with the Colts, so he should be a full participant whenever Green Bay is able to practice.
Jun 23, 2020 9:04 AM EST
Funchess (collarbone) has agreed to a one-year contract with the Packers, Jason Wilde of The Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Analysis: Funchess is signing a one-year deal for a second straight offseason, following a lost year in Indianapolis where he never made it back from injured reserve after suffering a broken collarbone Week 1. He should have plenty of time to recover before the 2020 campaign, likely challenging fellow big-bodied wideout Allen Lazard for the starting job opposite No. 1 target Davante Adams. The Green Bay offense still figures to go through Adams and the running backs, but there's potential for another receiving weapon to establish mainstream fantasy value (even though it didn't quite work out that way last year).
Mar 26, 2020 12:08 PM EST
Funchess (collarbone) is expected to sign with the Packers in the near future, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The particulars of Funchess' pending deal with Green Bay aren't yet known, but he'll likely be forced to settle for a one- or two-year deal with a modest amount of guaranteed money after a broken collarbone kept him sidelined for all but one game with the Colts last season. Assuming he finalizes a contract and proves healthy for the start of camp, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Funchess could contend for a starting role in a Packers wideout corps that often lacked reliable options beyond top target Davante Adams in 2019. The 25-year-old turned in his best season in 2017 with the Panthers, recording 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns while playing all 16 games.
Mar 24, 2020 5:55 PM EST
General manager Chris Ballard suggested Funchess (collarbone) could re-sign with the Colts, Kevin Bowen of 1075 The Fan reports.
Analysis: Funchess was unable to make good on his one-year, $10 million contract, missing the rest of the season after suffering a broken collarbone Week 1. He should be healthy before the start of the new league year in mid-March, and it sounds like the Colts would consider re-signing him at a lower price.
Jan 29, 2020 11:40 AM EST
Funchess (collarbone) won't be activated from injured reserve this season, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Funchess broke his collarbone near the end of a season-opening loss to the Chargers, which forced him to injured reserve. The Colts opened his 21-day window to return to the 53-man roster on Nov. 13, but despite getting some on-field reps the last three weeks, he'll miss the rest of the campaign, as the plate inserted to stabilize his collarbone didn't pan out, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Funchess is one of four Indy wideouts on IR, as Chester Rogers (knee), Daurice Fountain (ankle) and Steve Ishmael (knee) also are on the list.
Dec 4, 2019 5:14 PM EST
The Colts don't plan to activate Funchess (collarbone) from injured reserve prior to the Dec. 4 deadline to do so, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Funchess has been sidelined since fracturing his collarbone in the season opener, but the Colts cleared him to resume practicing Nov. 13 with the expectation that he would eventually rejoin the 53-man roster. As Rapoport notes, Funchess' collarbone hasn't quite healed as Indianapolis anticipated, with the plate the wideout had inserted into his shoulder apparently not remedying the situation. With Funchess now in line to miss the rest of the season, the Colts will continue to rely on Zach Pascal, Marcus Johnson, Chester Rogers and Parris Campbell (hand) to fill out their receiver ranks when top option T.Y. Hilton (calf) is healthy again.
Dec 1, 2019 5:11 AM EST
Funchess (collarbone) won't play Sunday against the Titans, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: The report adds that the Colts have until next Wednesday to activate Funchess or keep him on IR for the rest of the season. With that in mind, it sounds as though coach Frank Reich is hopeful that Funchess could be ready to go next week, per George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin. Meanwhile, fellow wideout Parris Campbell (hand) is closer to a return to action and could play this weekend.
Nov 27, 2019 9:45 AM EST
As Thursday's game against the Texans approaches, Funchess (collarbone) has yet to be activated off IR, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: Per Bowen, it appears as though the wideout has not yet logged a practice in a full-contact jersey since breaking his collarbone in Week 1. With that, it appears as though the soonest we'll see Funchess suit up for a game is Dec. 1, when the Colts face the Titans in Week 13.
Nov 20, 2019 2:37 PM EST
Funchess (collarbone) will not play Sunday against Jacksonville, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: Head coach Frank Reich said his collarbone still needs time to heal before he's allowed to play. He's returned to practice while wearing a non-contact jersey. It sounds like he's ready to play but just needs medical clearance. However, it's not clear if his bone will have mended enough to be ready next week wither. Upon his return, Funchess should assume a key role in the Colts' receiving corps, which is thin right now, given that T.Y. Hilton (calf) and Parris Campbell (hand) are dealing with injuries of their own.
Nov 15, 2019 10:47 AM EST
Though Funchess has returned to practice, he won't be cleared to play until it's been determined that his collarbone has fully healed, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: With that in mind, Chappell suggests that it seems unlikely at this point that the wideout will be cleared for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. That said, as long as Funchess continues to progress without any setbacks, his return to game action is, at least, on the horizon. Upon his return, Funchess should assume a key role in the Colts' receiving corps, which is thin right now, given that T.Y. Hilton (calf) and Parris Campbell (hand) are dealing with injuries of their own.
Nov 14, 2019 9:41 AM EST
Funchess (collarbone) wore a red non-contact jersey during Wednesday's practice, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: Funchess participated in practice Wednesday for the first time since suffering a clavicle injury Week 1, meaning the Colts now have a 21-day window to evaluate him for a return to the 53-man roster. Coach Frank Reich said that Funchess still "has to get certain things done and scans done to make sure he's fully cleared and ready to go," and it's assured that the big-bodied wideout first would need to resume participating in contact drills to have any chance at suiting up Sunday versus Jacksonville. Nonetheless, Wednesday's practice represents a notable step in the right direction. With T.Y. Hilton (calf) and Parris Campbell (hand) both nursing injuries, Funchess' presence would provide a much-needed boost for Indianapolis' receiving corps.
Nov 13, 2019 2:22 PM EST
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