Packers coach Mike McCarthy gave the local media its first report in some time Wednesday on the injury statuses of several players, and there wasn’t much in terms of surprises.
Offensive tackle Derek Sherrod (broken leg) and tight end Andrew Quarless (ACL) failed their pre-training camp physicals Wednesday, while McCarthy said fullback John Kuhn (MCL) also hasn’t been cleared and may have failed. Running back Alex Green (ACL) is “very close to being ready,” although it sounds like he won’t be full-go for the start of camp.
Sherrod was injured during the Packers’ Week 15 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs (December 18) on a nasty break of his lower leg. He was required to stay in Kansas City overnight to have emergency surgery, but the break was clean and no nerves were effected. There was optimism throughout the offseason that Sherrod would be ready to go by training camp, but it appears as if he had a setback sometime during the spring, according to McCarthy. He’s still close to being ready to go, but Sherrod’s chances of dethroning Marshall Newhouse atop the left tackle depth chart will diminish every day he misses of camp.
Quarless blew out his knee on another stomach-turning leg injury during the Packers’ regular season win over the New York Giants. His prognosis has always been dim, and there was talk that he could miss the majority of the 2012 season while the knee recovers. Not passing his pre-camp physical was to be expected. Best case scenario for Quarless is probably starting the season on the PUP list and then recovering in time to come off it by Week 6, but that might still be a long shot.
Kuhn’s inclusion on McCarthy’s list came to a shock for some, but we’ve known for some time about his slow recovery from an MCL injury he suffered in the Packers’ divisional round playoff loss to the Giants. McCarthy said that Kuhn may not pass his physical today, so there’s reason to think he’ll be held out of a chunk of training camp. In the meantime, Jon Hoese (2011 UDFA) and Nic Cooper (2012 UDFA) will take Kuhn’s snaps, just as they did during OTAs and minicamp.
Finally, Green appears to be a step ahead of the other three, and McCarthy sounded optimistic that he’ll be practicing with the team sooner rather than later. Green tore up his ACL during a kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings in October. McCarthy also said he watched Green work out at the Don Hutson Center last week and came away encouraged.
One last note: McCarthy wasn’t sure about the status of safety Charlie Peprah. He may not be ready to go for the start of camp.
UPDATE: Green Bay released Peprah Wednesday afternoon.