Wes and Ryan discuss the Packers' injury situation with a "banged up" Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis expected to miss several weeks. (Nov. 18, 2015)
The rib injury Jared Abbrederis sustained in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 18-16 loss to Detroit will keep the Green Bay Packers receiver out for “several weeks,” according to coach Mike McCarthy.
It’s the most recent in a series of injuries that have sidetracked the Wautoma native’s NFL career to this point. The former Wisconsin standout missed his entire rookie season after tearing his ACL in the first week of training camp last year and was sidelined for a month after sustaining a concussion on the first day of camp this season.
Abbrederis started the season on the practice squad before being promoted last month. He played 19 offensive snaps as the No. 4 receiver against the Lions, catching four passes for 57 yards. He suffered the injury on his longest catch of 32 yards and didn’t return.
Abbrederis wouldn’t say whether tests revealed broken ribs when asked about the incident Monday, but McCarthy wasted no time ruling him out for Sunday’s game against Minnesota.
“You feel bad for Jared because … he had an excellent camp and was hurt there in the middle of, shoot, beginning of camp. Excellent offseason,” McCarthy said. “You know, was obviously practicing very well last year when he was injured, so, and obviously this is his third injury. So hopefully he can bounce back from this.”
The good news is the Packers could get receiver Ty Montgomery back this week after missing a month because of a sprained ankle. The third-round pick, who practiced Wednesday, was the fourth-string receiver prior to injuring his ankle before the bye week.
If Abbrederis is out for a while, the Packers also have second-year receiver Jeff Janis available. He’s played sparingly on offense this season, but caught two passes for 79 yards after Montgomery exited in the second quarter of a 27-20 win over San Diego last month.
“You never want to see guys get hurt, but it’s a part of the game,” Janis said. “If my name gets called, I’ll be ready. We’ll see what happens on Sunday.”