With any luck, DeShawn Wynn will get the green light to participate in practices today with the Green Bay Packers. Thus far, however, the rookie running back has missed the majority of training camp practices due to injury or ailments and is on the bottom of the depth chart looking up.
Wynn injured his quadriceps while running a routine play in practice on Aug. 7 and has been sidelined ever since. That injury came after he missed the first few days of training camp with a stomach virus. Wynn is hoping to get back on the practice field today as the Packers prepare for Saturday’s exhibition game against the Seattle Seahawks.
“It’s not like I want to sit out or hold back,” said Wynn. “I want to be out on the field and try to prove something by getting game reps and getting on some film. It’s difficult sitting out. All I can pretty much do is do what they tell me.”
Wynn hasn’t had the best of luck with injuries since his senior year with the Gators when he sustained a right knee sprain followed by a shoulder injury. His number of carries were greatly reduced, and his inability to stay healthy has haunted him since he was selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft by Green Bay.
Wynn missed most of the team’s three-day Rookie Orientation Camp when he strained a calf muscle on the first day of practice. Though he participated in the team’s mandatory May minicamp and Organized Team Activities practices, he is missing a golden opportunity to show what he can do in training camp due to injuries to other running backs. Both Vernand Morency (knee) and P.J. Pope (knee) have missed most of training camp, leaving the team with three running backs – Brandon Jackson, Noah Herron and Corey White.
“I could be in there helping them out,” Wynn said earlier this week. “I feel bad sitting out with a quad. I’m definitely looking forward to putting this behind me and getting out on the field.”
The clock is ticking for Wynn. After today the Packers only have five more training camp practices remaining in between their final two preseason games. If Wynn is going to make the team, he will have to produce in a hurry.