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Quarless aiming at Week 1 return despite knee reconstruction

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Two weeks into training camp, Andrew Quarless feels like a rookie all over again. "I joke around, itís like Iím training for the combine," said the Green Bay Packers' third-year tight end. "Iím doing a lot of those same drills, putting the sled on the back of me and running with some weights on." Slowly, but surely, the 23-year-old Quarless is doing his best to impress from afar. He's not been able to practice since injuring his knee on Dec. 4, 2011, against the New York Giants during a scary incident where his right leg buckled awkwardly after getting blocked on a kickoff return. Quarless wound up tearing both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament in his knee and team physician Pat McKenzie had to wait a month for the swelling to go down before performing surgery. Based on the timing, it was widely assumed Quarless would start the season the physically-unable to perform list, if not miss the entire 2012 all together. On Saturday, the 6-foot-4, 252-pound tight end said neither is an option in his mind. Almost seven months to day since the reconstruction, Quarless has his sights set on returning for the team's regular-season opener against San Francisco. "I definitely want to get out there this year and speaking with the doc he thinks Iíll be able to," Quarless said. "Right now, my goal is the first game. Definitely the first game is our goal. Itís really a week-to-week process, Iím going into six months, six and change, seven months and itís really coming along. Itís a big thing when it comes to that knee. Weíre just going to try to do it the right way." A fifth-round draft pick in 2010, Quarless caught 21 passes for 238 yards as a rookie, but managed only three catches for 36 yards in 10 games last season as the team opted to keep five tight ends on its active roster. The Packers' competition at the position remains stiff during this year's camp with eight currently on the team's 90-man roster. Thus far in camp, Quarless has been limited to a self-described "cheerleader" role during practice, but has enjoyed his time working with some of the team's newly signed guys like DeMarco Cosby. "Iím the tight endsí No. 1 cheerleader right now and I donít think itís a bad thing," Quarless said. "Iím really try to help him in practice and do the best I can to really be encouragement in practice, and just try to motivate myself at the same time out there and taking mental reps every play. Tight ends coach (Jerry Fontenot) started giving me my own little slip with the plays on it, so Iím just taking mental reps every play and really just trying to stay in the game.Ē -whodkiew@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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