For the first time, players on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list are eligible to practice beginning on Wednesday in Green Bay.
What that means is offensive linemn Derek Sherrod and J.C. Tretter, defensive lineman Jerel Worthy and safety Sean Richardson can suit up for the first time this season in a practice environment after being forced to sit out the first six weeks of the season.
While it’s not likely Tretter is coming back from a broken ankle yet, the other three players are better candidates to return as soon as today.
Sherrod is coming back from a broken leg, Worthy from a torn ACL and Richardson from fusion surgery in his neck.
It’s important to note that players on the PUP list don’t have to start practicing today. They have a five-week window in which they can begin practicing and once that happens, a separate three-week window opens. By the end of three weeks, the Packers must either activate those players, place them on injured reserve or release them.
Worthy and Tretter would very likely be placed on injured reserve if they’re not ready to return, but considering the serious nature of both Sherrod’s and Richardson’s injuries, they’re in danger of being released if they can’t adequately return to action.
Attention will also be upon a handful of players dealing with injuries that are not on the PUP list, in particular, linebacker Brad Jones and cornerback Casey Hayward. Both are dealing with hamstring injuries but seem likely to return to practice soon based upon the comments of head coach Mike McCarthy.
Exactly how much the entire team practices on Wednesday is up in the air. McCarthy said on Monday that they’d cut back practice on Wednesday vaguely referring to some things the team would be “transitioning” into.
Wednesday’s injury report will be made public at Packers headquarters shortly before the start of McCarthy’s press conference, which will be streamed live on the team’s official website at Packers.com at approximately 1:10 p.m. CT.
In the evening, safety M.D. Jennings will host the weekly J-Mike and M.D. Show from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on The Fan 107.5 FM and 1400 AM in Green Bay from Thornberry Creek golf course in Oneida, where the show is broadcasted.
The show can be streamed online at TheFan1075.com.