Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless works on ball handling drills during training camp practice Monday at Ray Nitschke Field. / H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Tight end Andrew Quarless returned to the practice field today after missing more than two weeks with a quad injury.
Quarless has plenty of competition at his position and needs to show he is worth keeping around.
“It’s like this every year,” said Quarless. “We’ve got a lot of great guys that can do a lot of different things so just got to go out there and work hard every day. A lot of things you can’t control so you just control what you do out there on the field.”
Quarless did some work during individual drills but didn’t participate in the team portion of practice.
“It’s day to day right now and I should be out there soon,” he said.
Quarless missed the entire 2012 season after blowing out his knee in a game against the New York Giants in December 2011.
Quarless knows there’s an urgency to the remaining portion of the preseason.
“Definitely, we’ve got two weeks left,” he said. “I missed quite a bit, so that doesn’t make me happy (or) excited. … none of this is guaranteed. I’ve still got to get out there and produce and show ‘em what I can do.”
Quarless injured his quad while running and said it wasn’t related to his knee.
“Just out there in practice running, that’s really what it was,” he said.
“I tell people, I joke around (and) say I was running too fast. I think maybe I wasn’t stretched enough, could have been more on my part, not being hydrated.”
When asked if he’s grown tired of injuries, Quarless said: “In life things happen. I’m not too upset about it. I don’t like to miss time. I definitely want to get back out there and help my team.”