GREEN BAY - Jared Cook strolled through the Green Bay Packers' locker room without a walking boot Tuesday, a sign his recovery from a right ankle injury is progressing.
Cook would not say when the boot was removed, indicating only that it was recent. The Packers' first-year tight end said he has started workouts, but is not yet running.
Running full speed will be the next step in a rehabilitation process Cook said is “not far off” from completion, though he gave no indication of when he might return.
“It feels pretty good,” Cook said of his right ankle. “Tender and sore in some spots, but I’m working out now, doing drills. So I’m good.”
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Cook’s ankle injury has been reported as a high-ankle sprain. He would not confirm or deny the diagnosis, stating his desire to not share injury information.
“I don’t do injury reports,” he said.
Cook has missed two games with the ankle injury. He injured his ankle falling to the ground after running a downfield route against the Detroit Lions three weeks ago.
Initially, Cook said, he simply thought it was a "rolled" ankle. He found out after the game the injury would force him to miss multiple weeks.
Cook signed a one-year deal with the Packers to provide a vertical threat from the tight end position. The offense has struggled in Cook’s absence, though it wasn’t necessarily explosive when he was healthy. Cook’s injury came at an inopportune time, however. He was starting to gain rhythm within the passing game.
It’s been “very” frustrating to sit and watch the past two games, Cook said.
“Because I didn’t come here to do this,” Cook said, “but it happens. You can’t do nothing about it. Just try to stay positive and just keep pushing.
“It’s not fun being on the sideline, man. It ain’t fun at all.”