The wait felt longer, but it only took three practices for Green Bay Packers second-round cornerback Quinten Rollins to be activated from the non-football injury list.
The rookie practiced for the first time Monday after pulling his right hamstring last month while training at Miami (Ohio) University, where he played basketball and football. Rollins was limited, but he said his hamstring has improved.
"Periodically, just day by day, it's been getting better," Rollins said. "Obviously, though, you have to be smart with a hamstring. That's the steps we're taking."
Rollins fully participated in the Packers' offseason program, getting reps at nickelback. He was held out of team reps Monday, but he was able to practice individual drills. For a player who's only played one year of college football – and the cornerback position – those reps are invaluable.
Coach Mike McCarthy said he wants to ease Rollins back into practice. On Monday, he treated the rookie like it was his first day of training camp. Rollins hopes he can do more Tuesday.
"It's hard to watch on the sidelines," Rollins said, "especially when you're a competitor. But it felt good. Obviously, I didn't get team reps today, but just the fact that I was out there fully dressed and got to individual and some walkthrough, it was definitely beneficial. Hopefully, we can take small steps forward."
PACKERS SIGN RECEIVER: With three receivers unable to practice because of injury, the Packers added to that position Monday.
The Packers signed Ed Williams, a 6-foot, 196-pound wideout who will wear No. 5. Williams spent three seasons at Fort Hays State in Kansas after transferring from Toledo.
The Packers now have 89 players on their roster.
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