GREEN BAY - Tight end Jared Cook had his offseason program cut short last week due to injury, but the Green Bay Packers are confident his recovery will go smoothly.
"We have little long-term concern with his situation," coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. "It’s just good to have him back."
Cook underwent minor foot surgery as a preventative measure against future injury, according to a source. Had this been the regular season, the source said Cook certainly could have played through the issue.
Though McCarthy would not offer a specific timetable for recovery, Cook is expected to be ready for the start of training camp next month, according to a source.
"I’m not going to get into injuries," McCarthy said. "This is not the time of year for that. Talking with Dr. (Patrick) McKenzie at length today about all of our players, what we have to get done here in the next two weeks. In Jared’s particular case, he is not concerned. He feels good about how everything went."
Cook was a rare free-agent acquisition for general manager Ted Thompson, who signed him to a one-year, $2.75 million contract after Cook was cut by the Rams in February. His combination of size (6-foot-5, 254 pounds) and speed (4.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash) offers the Packers the kind of tight end unseen since the days of Jermichael Finley.
"Jared has done real well," McCarthy said. "He’s a very good fit for us. He’s a veteran football player, brings a lot to the table. I think really what you see is the challenge of a transition into a new language, which everybody goes through when they come here, whether they’re a rookie or a veteran. I’m glad he’s here."
Added quarterback Aaron Rodgers: "It’s a little disappointing, but injuries happen. We’re excited about him being a part of this offense, but we’ll have to get back together once training camp starts."