Derek Sherrod, who is rehabbing from a broken leg, was not put on the physically unable to perform list on Monday. That, however, doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be added to the PUP list when the Green Bay Packers reduce their roster to the mandated 53 players by Friday night.
“We’ll see. We wanted some more time to kind of take a look at that,” general manager Ted Thompson said on Tuesday, an hour before the start of the last practice of training camp.
The status of Sherrod’s recovery remains a mystery. Is he a week away from returning to practice? A month? If anyone at 1265 Lombardi Ave. knows that answer, they’ve gone out of their way to not make that information public.
If Sherrod were placed on PUP, he would not count against the final roster but would not be able to practice until Week 6. One possibility, which Packer Report mentioned in our third roster prediction and again on Monday is the Packers would keep a rehabbing Sherrod on the active roster in hopes that he could begin practicing earlier than Week 6, which would be important considering he hasn’t blocked anyone since breaking his leg at Kansas City on Dec. 18.
“We gnash our teeth over every scenario,” Thompson said, “and, believe me with the entire team, with our (personnel) staff and with Coach McCarthy and the coaching staff, we go through hundreds of scenarios – ‘What about this? What if this guy gets hurt? What if this happens?’ – and we just do the best we can.”
Also of note from Thompson:
-- When the NFLPA decided not to approve a special injured reserve category that would have allowed one injured player to return after Week 8, that effectively ended the season of standout linebacker Desmond Bishop. However, Thompson intimated that the rule might not have saved Bishop, anyway, following hamstring surgery.
“We think Desmond is going to be really good and fine when he’s well, but it’s going to take a long time,” Thompson said.
-- Monday’s roster moves were rather routine, with only the release of veteran defensive end Jarius Wynn being for something other than injury reasons.
“Jarius is one of our guys, you know?” Thompson said. “He’s helped us win games, helped us win the Super Bowl, we felt like -- again, we go through a ton of different scenarios – ‘What about this? What if this guy gets dinged up? What if this happens?’ But we felt at the end of the day that it gives him a chance to get his name out there, whether he gets claimed (on waivers) or not today but somebody could claim him for this last game and certainly get his name on the radar, because he’s a good player and deserves to be in the NFL.”
Thompson said the depth of the defensive line was “pretty good, knock on wood.”
-- First-round draft pick Nick Perry will start at outside linebacker. Second-round pick Jerel Worthy will start as one of the nickel defensive linemen. Second-round pick Casey Hayward is in the running for playing time at cornerback. Fourth-round pick Mike Daniels figures to be a nickel defensive lineman. Fourth-round pick Jerron McMillian is in line to start at safety. Not a bad haul, all in all.
“I think our young guys as a group have all been pretty good,” Thompson said. “They seem to fit in well with the veterans. They take the back seat, which is appropriate, and let the veterans lead. They’re willing to try to show their stuff. I think as a group, I think it’s been a pretty good month or so for them.”
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