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Green Bay Packers LB Frank Zombo '110%' certain to return, LB coach Kevin Greene says

9:14 AM, Aug. 25, 2011  |  Comments
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If you're wondering whether the Packers will keep a roster spot open for injured outside linebacker Frank Zombo, his position coach, Kevin Greene, has a definite opinion.

Zombo broke a shoulder blade last week and will be out of action indefinitely. There has been some speculation the Packers could place Zombo on the season-ending injured reserve list.

But outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene has other plans for Zombo.

When asked if he was confident Zombo would play this season, Greene said: "110%. Absolutely. I've got a pretty good feel of Frank, I think the coaching staff, I think his teammates have a pretty good feel of what he's all about. In this game, it's predicated on trust. You know, trust your brothers. I think everybody trusts Frank. I don't think there's a question everybody knows he's a tough kid, so yeah, 110%, he comes back, he's in, he's helping us, absolutely."

That's a pretty strong vote of confidence. Greene didn't say he was 99.9% sure Zombo would be back this season. 110% doesn't leave much room for doubt.

Maybe that's just Greene's over-the-top, exuberant style. Or maybe he knows Zombo better than anyone. One thing is clear: Greene is fond of Zombo. It didn't surprise him that Zombo played with a broken scapula against the Cardinals on Friday night.

"I kind of want to head-butt him about it though, and go, 'Come on now, just be honest with me,' " said Greene.

Actually, Greene is convinced Zombo wasn't aware of the severity of his injury, which occurred during a collision with John Kuhn in pregame warmups.

"He thought it was just a bruise," said Greene. "I'm like, bruise, OK , let's go, one of those deals. He's like, 'Coach, I'm ready to play.'"

Greene didn't find out until around midnight after Friday's game.

"I'm sitting around grading film and he gives me a call and (tells me) he's broken his scapula," said Greene. "I'm like, 'oh man.'"

But we haven't seen the last of Zombo this season. Greene is 110% certain of that.

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