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Status Reports and Timelines for Return for Injured Packers Players

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Status Reports and Timelines for Return for Injured Packers Players

On the opening day of training camp in Green Bay, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy shed light into the various injuries and ailments keeping several players from seeing the practice field.

Here's the latest on the walking wounded in Titletown...

Defensive Lineman Mike Neal

Injury: Abdomen

ETA: "A couple weeks away"

Commentary: Neal was injured away from the Packers facilities since the time the offseason program ended in mid-June. Given his lengthy injury history, Neal's current injury can't be taken lightly, but if he comes back and suffers no setbacks, he shouldn't fall too far behind the curve. He doesn't seem to be any more or less prone to injury whether he's bulked up near 300 lbs. or down around 280.

Cornerback Casey Hayward

Injury: Hamstring

ETA: "A couple weeks away"

Commentary: Like Neal, Hayward also sustained his injury while away from the team during the summer layoff. Assuming his injury doesn't get worse, Hayward should be fine for the regular season where he figures to play a prominent role in the Packers defense.

Offensive Lineman Derek Sherrod

Injury: Leg

ETA: Could be day to day

Commentary: The prognosis on Sherrod was more optimistic than expected. McCarthy said he was interested in getting the feedback from the training staff as early as tomorrow. Whether or not his return could be that early, however, is another matter. Still, McCarthy also added: "He's definitely much further along than he was when he was able to go through some of the drill work in the OTAs."

Running Back DuJuan Harris

Injury: Knee

ETA: "He may be a week or two"

Commentary: Apparently there's more going on than just recovering from the cyst that was removed from Harris' lung this offseason. A week or two won't be a big deal. That could put him on pace to return in time for the team's first preseason game.

Cornerback Davon House

Injury: Illness

ETA: Likely day to day

Commentary: Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that House is suffering from a case of food poisoning. Nothing has been mentioned of his shoulder, which is even better news for the Packers defensive back. Sounds like he should be back in no time.

Jamari Lattimore

Injury: Illness

ETA: Likely day to day

Commentary: Unlike House, Lattimore was placed on the team's non-football illness list, which could indicate he's further away from returning to action, but that's merely speculation. It's probably not serious, but his situation is still largely unknown.

Safety Sean Richardson

Injury: Neck

ETA: Unknown

Commentary: Richardson's injury is being handled more delicately than most because of its serious nature. He underwent spinal-fusion surgery and the team is still trying to decide whether it's safe for him to play football. "There were some tests that had to be done in the last couple days," said McCarthy. "We're gathering information. Hopefully, we're getting close to a decision with Sean." The Packers could be forced to release the young safety, but no final determination has yet to be made.

Defensive Lineman Jerel Worthy

Injury: Knee

ETA: Unknown

Commentary: Worthy was placed on the active/Physically Unable to Perform list with no end in sight. He tore his ACL and had surgery after the season. Worthy feels like he'll be able to return this season, but no one but him is going out on a limb to say that will be the case.

Offensive Lineman J.C. Tretter

Injury: Ankle

ETA: During the regular season at the earliest

Commentary: After breaking his ankle and tearing ligaments in his ankle during Organized Team Activities in May, the fourth round draft choice won't be ready anytime soon. "I definitely know he won't be ready for the season," said McCarthy. "As far as what point in the season, that hasn't been expressed."

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FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Here's hoping it's not a hernia for Neal.

Lars's picture

Meh, it's always something with Neal. He and Sherrod are a bonus whatever they can contribute, but the team has their positions covered in any event.

Bearmeat's picture

true dat

dawg's picture

How does a guy come into training camp injured?
Just asking!

Bearmeat's picture

These guys train almost 24/7/365 to even be able to do the superhuman things they do.

When you push yourself in any capacity like that for an extended time period, accidents will happen.

Stroh's picture

No they don't train 24/7. They train for about an hour at a time. At some points they may do 2 workouts in a day, but that's rare. Recovery is every bit as important as training hard. Without rest, the body won't continue to respond to training. They have to train hard, eat right and get plenty of rest in order to do what they do. At Athletes Performance Institute here in the Phx area, the player go thru a strength training session, then get a quality meal, come back for a cardiovascular workout or vice versa (usually weights in morning and cardiovascular work in afternoon. At most a total of 90 min to 2 hrs per day. The body simply can't take much more training. They have to be super nutritional to stand even that much, along w/ upwards of 9-10 hrs sleep. And even that training regiment can't be continued for much more than a month at one stretch w/o a period where recovery is almost the sole emphasis.

The TKstinator's picture

Personally I'm much more into the whole recovery thing.

The TKstinator's picture

I met Derek Sherrod after the Cruise for Cancer.
I told him I have two perfectly healthy tibias that I'm not "really" using and that he could borrow one or both any time he wants.
He appreciated the offer.
That's what fans do; they help the team any way they can.
Go Pack!

Mikeh's picture

Re Stroh - Maybe that's the problem with Neal. He's a big workout warrior maybe he over-trains and the body can't handle it.

Stroh's picture

That's possible. He stated he's lost weight down to 280ish. Also the type of training is important. You don't train for football like a bodybuilder, which I read Neal wanted to do post football career. Or maybe its just bad luck. If he's trainging w/ great conditioning coaches they would monitor a lot of markers for him to make sure he's not over-trained.

http://espnwisconsin.com/common/more.php?m=49&action=blog&r=40&a...

Nerd's picture

Nourish liver yin to support joints and sinews.

Nourish kidney to support bones.

nick perry's picture

Neal and Hayward concern me, especially Hayward. Once Jordy tweaked his last season, he never seemed to get on track. One thing after another. I almost expected something to happen with Neal at some point, just not BEFORE the pads come on. Lets hope all the players get back healthy. I was really pulling for Richardson but after reading M.M. comments, it almost seems the end is near as his time as a Packer.

GrnMachineCrushsQueens's picture

Fantastic, comprehensive coverage - thanks again as always guys!

hayward4president's picture

If we would stay fn healthy we have so many good players! This is gettin so old.

Cheddah's picture

Are you a conditioning coach?

Stroh's picture

Don't know if he is, but I'm a former S and C coach.

hayward4president's picture

Yea I just work in a warehouse for fun.

GBPDAN's picture

I hate injuries to the point that I don't even want to read about them anymore

razor's picture

Maybe Packers should require players to tape their non-Lambeau workouts to see what is really happening.

Whether Neal is unlucky or dumb he's not available to the team. Getting old.

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