Tom Silverstein and Pete Dougherty discuss news from the first day of Packers rookie camp. (May 5, 2017) USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
GREEN BAY - Vince Biegel has had a painful start to his career playing for his favorite childhood team.
The Green Bay Packers' fourth-round rookie outside linebacker had foot surgery after the team's rookie orientation, a source confirmed to PackersNews.com. Biegel is expected to be ready for training camp, though the Packers could be cautious at the start of camp and wait to put him on the field.
It’s Biegel’s second injury since being drafted last month. He left the field before his first practice concluded with what coach Mike McCarthy described as a “minor” hand injury. Biegel said X-rays on his hand showed no broken bones, but he practiced with a club the next day.
His foot was another matter.
Biegel's surgery was to repair a Jones fracture, according to ESPN. It's the same injury that forced Biegel to miss two games last season as a senior at Wisconsin.
A Jones fracture is a break of the fifth metatarsal, the long bone on the outside of the foot that leads to the small toe. It's a difficult bone to heal and has a higher chance of refracturing even after surgery to repair it, according to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.
“I was able to recover very, very quickly,” Biegel said of last season’s injury on a conference call the day he was drafted, “22 days after surgery, and was able to come back strong. I learned a lot from that process. Obviously injuries are a reality for the game of football. It definitely made me really appreciate the game of football again.”
Biegel's surgery will cost him all of the Packers' organized team activities, which start next week. It's a valuable time for rookies to get acclimated playing alongside veterans, though his absence won't hold him back as much as missing time in training camp.
It's important Biegel transitions quickly with the Packers. Outside linebacker was among their most significant needs entering the draft, and Biegel is the only edge rusher they selected over the seven rounds. A Wisconsin Rapids native, Biegel figures to compete along with Kyler Fackrell and Jayrone Elliott for snaps behind starters Clay Matthews and Nick Perry.
Now, that competition will be delayed.