Cunningham undergoes wrist surgery

Jul. 27, 2013

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Green Bay Packers receiver Sederrik Cunningham makes a catch while running drills during training camp practice Friday at Ray Nitschke Field. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media


The Green Bay Packers didnít escape the first day of training camp on Friday without an injury, after all.

As it turned out, rookie receiver Sederrik Cunningham had to undergo surgery for a dislocated wrist only hours after getting tied up with cornerback Micah Hyde on a go-route and coming down hard on his left hand.

Cunningham, 24, wasnít visible at practice, but appeared in the locker room wearing a sling on his heavily bandaged arm.

Many of his teammates asked if he was going to have surgery for the injury to which Cunningham quickly replied he already had on Thursday afternoon before returning to his dorm on the campus of St. Norbert College by around 5:30 or 6 p.m.

ďMicah made a good play on the ball. I donít put no blame on him at all,Ē said Cunningham, one of 11 receivers currently on the roster. ďItís just a freak accident. When I was falling, my arms popped out and kind of bent. What happened was the left arm hit before anything else did, so my body and everything else fell on top of that all at the same time.Ē

Itís a tough break for one of the interesting free-agent finds the Packers procured this offseason.

After going undrafted out of Furman in 2012, the 5-foot-11, 192-pound Cunningham didnít receive a single phone call or invite to a rookie camp. Dumped by his agency, he spent the year working at a GNC back home in Zephyrhills, Fla., while taking part in some CFL and AFL workouts.

That was until the Packers came calling in April.

ďThen one day, my agent said Green Bay wants to bring you in for a workout. I didnít believe him,Ē Cunningham said. ďBecause I hadnít had anything up to that point. All my other teammates signed when the draft was over, they got free-agent contracts. I didnít get a single call.

ďI had a good workout and next thing I knew I had a call from Green Bay in April.Ē

The Packers had two other rookie receivers Ė Kevin Dorsey (lower body) and Charles Johnson Ė go down with injuries at Fridayís practice. Neither returned, leaving the Packers with eight to finish practice.

Neither Cunningham nor Packers coach Mike McCarthy provided a timetable for recovery, but it undoubtedly presents an obstruction to his bid to make the team as an undrafted rookie.

There was disappointment, but also peace for Cunningham, who plans on keeping his head in his playbook and waiting to see what happens.

ďItís huge. Itís hurtful. Itís upsetting, but the thing I always rely on is God makes no mistakes. He sends you trials and tribulations as tests,Ē Cunningham said. ďI donít pray over my food any different. I donít say why me? I say thanks. Thank you for the wrist injury. Thank you for the opportunities because itís only going to make me a stronger and better person. May not be on the field? Could be on the field? But it could be something else.Ē

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