Derek Sherrod doesn’t know what the upcoming week holds for him as the deadline nears for when the Green Bay Packers need to either activate the second-year tackle off physically unable to perform or place him on injured reserve.
So what does his gut tell him?
“Not sure,” Sherrod said. “It could go either way.”
By all indications, the team’s 2011 first-round draft choice is headed for the season-ending reserve list as he recovers from breaking his leg in two spots last December in a game against Kansas City, but the Packers have until next Wednesday to decide on which direction they’ll go with Sherrod.
Sherrod has practiced lightly over the past two weeks, including two padded sessions, but hasn’t taken part in any team drills, indicating the Packers will probably shelve Sherrod and try again for next year.
According to Sherrod, there aren't any upcoming meetings with Packers coach Mike McCarthy or the front office prior to a decision being made. He remained non-committal about whether or not he thinks he could play this season, but when pressed offered that he’s been working on drills that you need to do to play.
After spending nine weeks on PUP, the Packers opened the three-week window for Sherrod to practice during the bye week in hopes of seeing where Sherrod would be at toward the end of the month with starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga out for the year with a hip injury.
While it's felt good to get back on the field with his teammates again, Sherrod can only wait for a decision to see if he'll be back on the practice field next week.
“It felt really good to put the pads back on, put the helmet back on, be out there with the teammates,” Sherrod said. “Just getting out there to work on the different drills, going through everything with the guards. It was very beneficial.”
“I’m just keeping my head up. It’s nothing to be disappointed about. Obviously, I want to play, but whenever that is, it is.”