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Wait on Sherrod will last at least another two months

Aug. 27, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers Derek Sherrod (78) and receiver Kevin Dorsey (16) look on during training camp practice on Aug. 2 at Ray Nitschke Field.
Green Bay Packers Derek Sherrod (78) and receiver Kevin Dorsey (16) look on during training camp practice on Aug. 2 at Ray Nitschke Field. / Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

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The broken leg Derek Sherrod suffered more than 600 days ago will keep the Green Bay Packersí 2011 first-round pick out for at least another two months.

Among the teamís moves to trim its roster down to 75 players by the NFL-mandated deadline of 3 p.m. Central time on Tuesday, the Packers placed the third-year offensive tackle on the physically unable to perform list, along with safety Sean Richardson (neck), defensive lineman Jerel Worthy (ACL surgery) and offensive lineman J.C. Tretter (ankle).

The Packers also placed offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) and running back DuJuan Harris (knee) on season-ending injured reserve. Both rookie receiver Kevin Dorsey (toe) and linebacker Jarvis Reed (ankle) were waived injured as a likely precursor to working out injury settlements.

Players who are placed on the physically unable to perform list cannot practice with the team through its first six regular-season games, which for the Packers would be after an Oct. 20 date with Cleveland. Following that time, PUP players have a five-week window to return to practice and then an additional three weeks to decide if theyíre able to rejoin the 53-man roster.

Itís the same song and dance Sherrod went through last season, but the organization held out hope the 24-yaer-old might be able to return in time for the offseason program or a portion of training camp after undergoing a second surgery earlier this year.

However, the 6-foot-6, 321-pound tackle has yet to step foot out on the field in a competitive capacity since breaking the leg in two places in a game against Kansas City on Dec. 18, 2011. He spent the offseason in Green Bay, but hasnít advanced past individual rehab workouts with team trainers.

ďIím feeling pretty good, just working hard each and every day to do the things I need to do to get back out there,Ē said Sherrod earlier this week when asked of his status. ďJust really working hard and pushing myself. I know the preseason is winding down, but Iím doing everything I can.Ē

The Packers could use help on the line with the recent revelation that Bulaga would miss the rest of the season after tearing his anterior cruicate ligament during the teamís annual Family Night scrimmage earlier this month.

When broached with the subject, Sherrod was non-committal when asked if heís confident heíll play this season.

The Packers have been quiet on this issue for the better part of two years, but the silence shows Sherrod still hasnít progressed to a point where the organization feels he can return to the practice field.

ďI feel closer every single day that Iím out there with the trainers and getting all the work that I need,Ē Sherrod said. ďIím definitely looking forward to that point when Iím back in a uniform out there, running on the field.Ē

It's not a given any of the PUP candidates will return this season with Tretter working his way back from the broken ankle he suffered on the first day of organized team activities and Richardson yet to be cleared following neck fusion surgery in January.

Dorsey, a seventh-round rookie receiver out of Maryland, missed the entire offseason program with injury before sustaining a hamstring injury on the second day of camp. He returned on Aug. 13 before developing a toe injury that held him out of practice this week.

Reed, a 23-year-old rookie linebacker out of Prairie View A&M, signed with the Packers in May after attending the teamís rookie orientation on tryout.
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