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Sherrod's status still unclear

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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One of the great mysteries that came out of Friday's Family Night at Lambeau Field was what exactly happened to Green Bay Packers left tackle Marshall Newhouse that forced him to leave with about 10 minutes left in the team's annual scrimmage. It's not certain whether Newhouse's departure was injury related, but his late trip to the locker room was one of the last things the Packers wanted to see with four offensive linemen already on the mend, including Derek Sherrod, the team's first-round pick a year ago. The 6-foot-6, 321-pound offensive lineman still has not been cleared to return to the football field after breaking his right leg during a Week 15 game against the Kansas City Chiefs last December. Following Newhouse's undisclosed exit, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said no injury information was yet available, leaving it unclear why exactly Newhouse left. If something is amiss, however, it doesn't appear that Sherrod will be ready to step in, at least not immediately. When asked earlier this week about Sherrod’s outlook, McCarthy ruled him out for this week, but couldn’t really forecast much more than that. “I don’t see it this week, for sure,” McCarthy said. “He’s doing everything he possibly can. The training staff feels very good about him, so at what point in training camp? They haven’t really given me that answer yet.” For perhaps the first time in McCarthy’s seven seasons, the Packers entered training camp with their starting five offensive linemen intact, but have a lot of questions regarding their backups. Guard-center Evan Dietrich-Smith has the most experience and versatility as the primary interior reserve. Tackle Herb Taylor has also seen action in NFL games before, but that’s about the extent of it. Rookie tackle Andrew Datko has a solid pedigree, but persistent shoulder issue have held him back. Along with Sherrod, there are currently four offensive linemen on the team’s injury report. Sherrod said there aren’t too many things he can’t do, but is still awaiting doctors’ approval. Despite competing for a starting spot last year as a rookie, Sherrod maintains he isn’t frustrated by having to watch his second training camp from the sidelines so far this season. “I understand that things happen, so that’s why I’m just keeping my head up and staying into the practices,” Sherrod said. “While I’m not able to be out there physically, that’s why I’m paying attention and focusing even harder.” As for when we’ll see him back on the field. “That’s a question for the doctors,” Sherrod said. -whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

 

If it turns out there is something significantly wrong with left tackle Marshall Newhouse, it doesn’t appear Derek Sherrod is going to be ready to step in, at least not immediately.

The Packers’ first-round pick from a year ago, Sherrod still has not been cleared to return to the football field after breaking his right leg during a Week 15 game against the Kansas City Chiefs last December.

Newhouse left the Packers’ Family Night on Friday alongside team physician, John Gray, about 10 minutes before the scrimmage conclusion. Afterward, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said no injury information was yet available, leaving it unclear why exactly Newhouse left.

When asked earlier this week about Sherrod’s outlook, McCarthy ruled him out for this week, but couldn’t really forecast much more than that.

“I don’t see it this week, for sure,” McCarthy said. “He’s doing everything he possibly can. The training staff feels very good about him, so at what point in training camp? They haven’t really given me that answer yet.”

For perhaps the first time in McCarthy’s seven seasons, the Packers entered training camp with their starting offensive linemen intact, but have a lot of questions regarding their backups.

Guard-center Evan Dietrich-Smith has the most experience and versatility as the primary interior reserve. Tackle Herb Taylor has also seen action in NFL games before, but that’s about the extent of it.

There are currently four offensive linemen on the team’s injury report. Sherrod said there aren’t too many things he can’t do, but is still awaiting doctors’ approval.

Despite competing for a starting spot last year as a rookie, Sherrod maintains he isn’t frustrated by having to watch his second training camp from the sidelines so far this season.

“I understand that things happen, so that’s why I’m just keeping my head up and staying into the practices,” Sherrod said. “While I’m not able to be out there physically, that’s why I’m paying attention and focusing even harder.”

As for when we’ll see him back on the field.

“That’s a question for the doctors,” Sherrod said.

-whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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