Frank Zombo quickly grew tired of standing around during practice all summer.
While the Green Bay Packers’ third-year linebacker might not have liked it, the unfortunate truth was Zombo knew it was for the best.
After trying unsuccessfully to work through a hamstring injury during individual player workouts, Zombo was shut down indefinitely until the hamstring pull nearing his butt bone finally subsided.
It kept him out of all of trying camp en route to the physically unable to perform list where he’s since spent the first eight weeks of the 2012 season.
With two weeks of practice under his belt, Zombo is hopeful this could be the week his number is finally called in a game situation, but that’s out of his hands.
This is the third and final week the Packers have to make a decision on their three physically unable to perform players – Zombo, tight end Andrew Quarless and tackle Derek Sherrod, who has yet to practice and appears headed to injured reserve.
“I obviously want to play again,” Zombo said. “I think that goal is starting to become a reality. Practice has been going well. I can’t complain. Hopefully, they see the same things that I’ve been feeling and give me a chance.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he talked with general manager Ted Thompson on Monday and that he plans to work Zombo and Quarless into this week’s game plan for Sunday’s matchup against Arizona.
Right now, Zombo is relishing the chance to be back out on the field rather than the role of observer he was limited for the last several months.
“It felt good out to run out and practice again instead of just standing there,” Zombo said. “I felt in a way that I was earning my paycheck again. It felt good in the sense of being part of the team again in a way. It was definitely nice.”
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