#Packers practice: Sherrod only PUP guy practicing. Neal, B.Jones, Taylor, Starks, J.Jones, Matthews, Perry aren’t working.
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) October 16, 2013
There was plenty of noteworthy items coming from the Green Bay Packers’ scaled-back practice on Wednesday, but perhaps none bigger than the return of former first round draft choice Derek Sherrod.
The offensive lineman practiced for the first time in 22 months since he broke his leg in a game at the Kansas City Chiefs in December of 2011 during his rookie year.
Sherrod was the only one of four players on the Packers’ Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list that practiced on Wednesday.
A three-week window now opens for Sherrod, by the end of which he must be activated, placed on injured reserve or released by the Packers. The other three players on the PUP list (Jerel Worthy, Sean Richardson, J.C. Tretter) have five weeks in which the must begin practicing and then their own three-week window opens.
The Packers could use some depth on the offensive line after Greg Van Roten was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday, however, they’ll likely take their time with Sherrod, perhaps the full three weeks before making a final decision.
Continuing the trend of good news, cornerbacks Casey Hayward and Jarrett Bush also practiced. Both are dealing with hamstring issues.
It’s the first Wednesday Hayward has practiced this season and perhaps a sign he could be active for the first time this season when the Packers take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Perhaps the biggest surprise coming out of practice on Wednesday was that Mike Neal didn’t participate.
I’m hearing Neal is working through a shoulder issue, but the severity is unknown. There’s a possibility his non-participation was just a precautionary measurement.
Neal tore the rotator cuff in his shoulder in 2010 and has been listed on the team’s injury report with shoulder injuries in both 2011 and 2012, although they were less serious.
With fellow outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry all but guaranteed not to play this Sunday, depth at the position is being tested. Only a pair rookies were available on Wednesday: Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer.
Presumably, Jamari Lattimore would be an emergency backup at the position, having played there his rookie year in 2011, but he’s since become a full-time inside linebacker and will start there as long as Brad Jones remains out.
Tight end Ryan Taylor was also a surprise as a player who didn’t take part in Wednesday’s session with no injury having previously been reported.
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