Green Bay Packers receiver Jared Abbrederis, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL sustained during the first week of training camp, dropped out of Thursday’s first practice of camp.
Pro Bowl receiver Jordy Nelson, however, was back.
Nelson, who had hip surgery following the season and missed most of the offseason work, was back with the No. 1 offense.
“I think we’re going to obviously progress and not do anything ridiculous,” Nelson said. “We’ve got a long camp. Our goal is our first game in Chicago. That’s where we want to be. I want to be out there. Missing the offseason is not good for me. I want to get out there and run some routes, get back into the groove of things and get back that chemistry with Aaron (Rodgers). We’ll be out there as much as possible. It shouldn’t be any different than any other year.”
Nelson said it wasn’t an injury as much as genetics. He called the issue a hip impingement. He said he felt better immediately after the surgery.
“Over years and years of playing sports, it's just rubbing together,” Nelson said. “You know, had some issues, so just needed cleaned out. It never necessarily bothered me, it was just postgames and stuff, I could feel more. But by the time of Wednesday's practice (last season), I was good. By the time Sunday was here, I was fine. It was more of a recovery thing, and needed to get cleaned out, so we're good.”
Coach Mike McCarthy said Nelson looked as good as new.
“Jordy’s so consistent,” McCarthy said. “Today, the little that I watched him one-on-one, it looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. I think tomorrow and the next day and things like that, really how he feels as he progresses through camp will be the first hurdle that he needs to get over. I thought the staff and Jordy took the right amount of time. Like I’ve said in here before, I don’t think there was a day in the offseason and even over the vacation that I was in here that Jordy wasn’t in here working.”
As for Abbrederis, he landed awkwardly while going for a deep pass that was intercepted by Ladarius Gunter. McCarthy didn’t have any details immediately after practice but didn’t think this injury was related to last year’s knee injury.
“I’m not quite sure what they’re looking at. So I don’t know if it’s a tailbone or what it is,” McCarthy said.
Five players were out for the opening practice, including veteran tight end Andrew Quarless. His absence has nothing to do with his July 4 arrest in Miami.
“I do not have a feel for when he will be back,” McCarthy said. “He’s dealing with a very difficult, extremely difficult family situation right now. So he’s with his family and he’ll be gone as long as he needs to be.”
The other four on the sideline: receiver Ricky Collins, running back John Crockett and outside linebacker Mike Neal are on the PUP list and cornerback Quinten Rollins is on the nonfootball injury list.
“I don’t think long,” McCarthy said of Neal’s absence. “I know Mike feels he’s ready to go. The training staff has not given me a timeline.”
Rollins, a second-round pick, said he injured his right hamstring about two weeks ago while training back at Miami (Ohio). Rollins, who was one of the most impressive rookies throughout the offseason practices and worked into the mix outside and in the slot, wouldn’t put a timetable on his return.
“Very tough. I mean, obviously, Day 1 of training camp – my first training camp – I obviously want to be out there competing with my teammates,” Rollin said. “At the same time, the trainers know what they’re doing. There’s obviously a reason they’re not trying to rush me back right now too soon. Whenever they feel like I’m ready, I’m full of trust and belief in them that they’ll get me back out there.
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