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Johnathan Franklin Ineligible to Participate in Packers OTAs

As pointed out by Kevin Seifert and Mike Sando of, it appears newly drafted Packers running back Johnathan Franklin is ineligible to participate in Green Bay's Organized Team Activities.

The reasoning is because he hasn't graduated and the final exams at UCLA don't conclude until June 14.

NFL rules, as published by Sando, are as follows:

  • Players who participated in college football in the 2012 season as graduate students, or who have already graduated or who will graduate prior to May 13, may not participate in any activities other than the three-day minicamp until May 13;
  • If final examinations at a player's school conclude prior to May 13, the player may not participate in any activities other than the three-day minicamp until May 13, even if the player has left or leaves school;
  • If final examinations at a player's school conclude after May 13, the player may not participate in any activities other than the three-day minicamp until after the player's final day of examinations. If the player has left or leaves school, he may not participate in any activities until after the final day of examinations at his school. These restrictions do not apply to a graduate student, who is permitted to report to his club and participate fully in a Rookie Football Development Program beginning on May 13.

Presumably, Franklin will not be able to participate in this weekend's rookie orientation camp either.

First round draft choice Datone Jones, who is also a product of UCLA, has reportedly already graduated and thus, isn't subject to the same restrictions.

Franklin could seemingly be expected to play a role in the Packers offense this season, but thanks to the presence of second round draft pick Eddie Lacy and holdover DuJuan Harris, the Packers don't necessarily need to rely on Franklin.

That could change if Lacy's injury history is problematic, but if everything goes according to plan, it won't be the worst thing in the world that Franklin misses part of the team's offseason program.

Franklin would be eligible to participate in training camp which starts in late July, and that's more important than OTAs.

UPDATE: The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports Franklin will take part in this weekend's rookie orientation camp. I understood the mandatory minicamp to be the one in early June.

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pooch's picture

Bad luck starting allready

MarkinMadison's picture

Luck? This happens every year. Chances that the Packers didn't know this when they drafted Franklin? Zero.

Jamie's picture

Cut him

Chad Toporski's picture

I'm with you, Jamie. His value to this team is nothing if he can't participate in OTAs. It's the single most important part of the offseason, even moreso than training camp!

Cut the guy and save the headache.

PackerPete's picture

It won't matter. Since I read here that we drafted all those slow and undersized players, I'm wondering why we want to play in any way. It's pretty clear the Vikings will win the NFC North and the 49ers will win it all, so why not forfeit all games, go 0-16, and draft first in 2014?

murphy's picture

Plus, since the O-line will be made entirely of blocking dummies, think of all the hits that Rodgers could avoid by not playing this season!

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Good point. Tank the season, draft Clowney.

jeremy's picture

I think that is too optimistic. The team is now so slow they won't even arrive at the stadium until sometime in the second half.

My prediction 0 - 18 (The NFL assigns two extra losses for not being the 49ers.)

jim's picture

just wanted to let the packer community know about the great human interest story about the rookie receiver, johnson, in the milwaukee journal sentinel... thought everybody would like to read it.

RC Packer Fan's picture

That story was really, really good. Well worth the read. everyone needs to check it out.
I will definitely be rooting for Charles Johnson.
Great story.

gbfpage's picture

Im with evo. Tank season and draft clowney defense fixed

cow42's picture

i sense sarcasm.

funny thing is, i agree with a lot of what were supposed to be jokes...

-i believe this draft class was a dud. they need guys who can help right now - not develop for down the road. what's wrong with winning it all right now? try filling positions of need. their 1st 2 picks made sense... then it got ridiculous.

-i don't like the drafting of Franklin AT ALL. he's essentially the same as Harris... it was redundant... they could have/should have gone for a safety there (actually shoulda' gone S earlier in the 4th - the 2 OL they picked woulda been there in R5).

-the OL does blow (flipping sides means bupkus - still the same players that got mauled last year).

-i do think the Vikings could win the division (more COMPLETE team) and i do think the 49'ers will win the SB.

-i already started the Clowney watch a LONG time ago.

-the Charles Johnson story is a good one... too bad he'll be lucky to make the practice squad.

jeremy's picture

Have you told him how bad he sucks? Maybe you can prevent him from wasting his time trying.

Chad Toporski's picture

We may as well just sell the franchise at this point and move it to LA. This decade is going to be worse than the 80's.

cow42's picture

that's the problem.

could be sooooo good... if they would just GO FOR IT!

Stroh's picture

Actually Your the Problem... They could draft Clowney, tailor the D to him and Matthews and you would still be complaining that they aren't doing enough! Its sickening... Really!

Your the anti-fan. You see every little hole on the team you allegedly rout for and none on the teams that you allegedly don't rout for (SF and Sea primarily).

I feel sorry for you... I really do. Its sad!

cow42's picture

i don't worry about the "little holes".

all that matters is...

2.offensive line
3.defensive line

49'ers and Seattle clearly come out ahead in 2 of the 3.
as for qb- SF is not as far behind as some may think...
the advantage the Pack does have at that positon is not great enough to offset the disadvantage they have in the other 2 areas.

PackersRS's picture

Cow is absolutely right. The secondary, receiving corps and backfield play NO ROLE WHATSOEVER in a team's win.

I mean, when was the last time that a team with a weak OL won a SB anyway? The Ravens, ranked 20th in sacks taken, and 17th by profootballfocus? The Giants, with their 5th round guard playing left tackle? The Packers?

pff. Either you have an elite OL, or you don't win in this league.

PackerPete's picture

PackersRS, you are so right. It's so clear that only QB, OL, and DL counts, and the rest of the team simply is not that important. clearly proven with the 20th OL ranked Ravens winning SB XLVII, and the 31st ranked OL of the Giants won SB XLVI. And just look how well all those teams did in 2012 and had a PFF ranked OL in the top 10: Jets 3rd, Browns 5th, Saints 6th, Lions 7th. Wow, that's almost similar to their draft positions.

jim's picture

somebody needs to start recording all of these predictions

PackersRS's picture

He has already lost bets right here.

He has already stated that he does, or rather, that he did this, negative commenting, out of superstition...

jeremy's picture

Do you mean he thinks he has to post pessimistic comments to avoid some negative outcome for the Packers?

Jamie's picture

i sense suicide is a viable option for trolltards.

do something commendable for once in your life.

PackersRS's picture

You embarass yourself and the whole fanbase when you make a comment like that.

redlights's picture

Wow! This could be a long offseason!

Evan's picture

So, nevermind?

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