GREEN BAY – While his two compadres from the physically unable to perform list – tight end Andrew Quarless and outside linebacker Frank Zombo – have started their second week of practice en route to returning to the Green Bay Packers’ 53-man roster, second-year tackle Derek Sherrod is still in a holding pattern and apparently won’t begin practicing this week.
“That’s on Doc,” Sherrod said Wednesday, referring to team physician Dr. Pat McKenzie. “If it was on me, I’d be practicing months ago. I just have to take it day by day.”
Sherrod suffered a gruesome broken leg Dec. 18 at Kansas City that required immediate emergency surgery.
“I feel very close,” he said Wednesday. “I’m still not 100 percent, but I’m getting closer each and every single day.”
The Packers have a three-week window during which to get Sherrod practicing. Once they do, another three-week window opens, and at the end of that window, they must decide whether to activate Sherrod to the 53-man roster or put him on season-ending injured reserve. The team’s 2011 first-round draft pick could end up missing the entire season but said he’s keeping his spirits up despite not practicing.
“I’m holding up pretty well. Things like this are tough, but that’s the thing about being a professional, you have to just handle everything accordingly. Just push yourself harder each and every single day,” Sherrod said. “The thing about that time period, you can’t really replicate the same practice structure. You just try to work out as hard as you can and do whatever you can do to get back out there.”
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