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Packers OT Derek Sherrod Practices for the First Time in 22 Months

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Packers OT Derek Sherrod Practices for the First Time in 22 Months

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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treg's picture

Great to hear Sherrod is practicing. Still a long way off to be game ready.

Evan's picture

Fantastic news.

L's picture

I hope Neal is okay. We need him big time with all the injuries to the linebacking crew.

Evan's picture

Bruised shoulder??

Mojo's picture

Per Mizaru, Iwazaru and Shizaru, don't do any kind of medical tests on Neal. No MRI's, xrays or exams of any kind. What we don't know can't hurt us.

chicago hooligan's picture

Sherrod essentially had a career-ending injury. I would be surprised if he is activated but if so, good for him.

Nikko's picture

Great news for the young tackle. If he and Bulaga are healthy for camp next year it could get interesting on the O-Line. 4 viable starting tackles (5 with Newhouse hahahah just kidding)...... Love the depth!

THEMichaelRose's picture

I like Bakhtiari's upside but Barclay doesn't seem like the kind of guy who will ever be a top guy at his position. A good rotational/backup guy, maybe better for that role than Newhouse. But the Packers should not stop looking for ways to upgrade the tackle spots, internally or through the draft.

Longshanks's picture

I have no doubt Derek Sherrod will get some reps this season. I hope it's only in mop up duty because I like the cohesiveness of the offensive line starters at the moment and hope they can all stay together all season. Next season we are going to have one hell of a good problem on our hands when it comes to figuring out who our five starters are going to be.

Stroh's picture

5 starters next year...
LT Sherrod/Bulaga
LG Sitton
RG Lang
RT Bulaga/Sherrod

Bahktiari, Tretter, Barclay as the backups.

Taylor on PS if eligible.

Longshanks's picture

I will GUARANTEE YOU that Bahktiari is one of those starters either at right or left tackle!! You will not be able to keep this guy off the field. He'll be an All Pro by his third year. Sherrod has alot to prove and first of all he needs to prove he can stay healthy. Bahktiari is light years ahead of Sherrod and is already a proven commodity.

Bahk will probably remain at left tackle next season and Bulaga and Sherrod will battle it out for the starting right tackle position. Tretter can also compete with Smith at center. The Packers are loaded!!

MarkinMadison's picture

It is absolutely amazing to me how many people are on the Sherrod bandwagon now!

gslumbers's picture

Absolutely amazing huh? Why so quick to take this stuff into dickville.

James's picture

Exactly. Most of them are half drunk and don't realize that Sherrod is history.Can we let go some of this baggage?

Stroh's picture

Both Bulaga and Sherrod are 1st round talents. Bahktiari isn't... I have seen him whiff on too many easy blocks so far this season to believe he is gonna be some all pro, much less pro bowl OT!

I'll put my money on the more talented players rising above the marginally talented!

some guy's picture

i hope he eventually replaces barclay.

love don but he struggles in pass pro

hopefully sherrod can firm up the right side

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mike's picture

teach him how to play end or linebacker.

Nerd's picture

With Van Roten on IR, we need a C.

Evan's picture

Brian - Sherrod practiced at LT, I assume? No RT?

Al Katraz's picture

I hope he comes back and does well. I hope Santa brings me a BMW convertable for Christmas.
Look, he wasn't that good when he was healthy. I don't expect much, possibly a cut, who knows. The packers talent evaluation sucks so he will be a
main squeeze.

Stroh's picture

Are you freakin kidding me?

Sherrod didn't have an offseason as a rookie, it was wiped out by the lockout and training camp was abbreviated. Sherrod was in the most difficult situation as a rookie only to see that season ended by a career threatening injury! The Packers will give him every chance to become a starter next year. He was in an impossible situation, maybe you should take that into account before you judge him!

Packers have about the best talent evaluators in the league. Why the hell do you think 3 other teams have gotten GM's from the Packers talent evaluators?!

redlights's picture

Best talent evaluators? Sure, everyone gets fooled once in awhile. Now let's get back to strength and conditioning. Our staff missed the torn ACL on Charles Johnson? Wow!

James's picture

Ok. This is why, the hell, I think about this. We made no attempt to keep coaches that are not worth their salt. They were not GM's when they were here. They were promoted. Those teams found out their mistake later. We keep the best we have on the team.

Morgan Mundane's picture

Shocked really. Thought he and his attorneys were vying for a settlement. He was supposed to come back and play mid last season so something is screwy with this guy and his agent.

I can see the possiblity of this guy getting cut. Doesn't seem to me he was anxious to get back anytime soon.

Stroh's picture

You "thought" wrong!

MarkinMadison's picture

What? He could have had an injury settlement two years ago if that was all he wanted.

larry valdes's picture

Welcome back I have been waiting for you to return since your bad injury I know that you must have gone through hell but at the end it will pay off you are gona have a terrific career I still remember the day that you got injury but that is in the past. Welcome back and good luck

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