First, the bad news for Jared Abbrederis: He is out indefinitely.
Now, the good news: At least it wasn’t his knee.
Abbrederis, who missed all of his rookie season with a torn ACL sustained almost 12 months ago, suffered a concussion during Thursday’s training camp opener, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said following Friday’s practice. Abbrederis tumbled to the turf after going up for a jump ball that was intercepted by Ladarius Gunter.
Abbrederis is in the league’s concussion protocol, which he must work through before being allowed to practice. He was not at Ray Nitschke Field for Friday morning’s noncontact practice. Abbrederis, the former Wisconsin star, had a concussion during the 2012 season.
"I didn’t realize how hard he had hit his head until we saw it on film," receiver Randall Cobb said. "But, yeah, that’s tough. You’ve got a guy like him that, he could be a great player. He’s got the opportunity but he’s had a couple things come up here in the past couple training camps. I’m just hoping he gets healthy and can get back out there."
The other addition to the injury report is undrafted guard Matt Rotheram (ankle). Otherwise, the injury report was unchanged from Thursday: receiver Ricky Collins (heel), running back John Crockett (ankle) and outside linebacker Mike Neal (abdomen/hernia) are on the PUP list, and cornerback Quinten Rollins (hamstring) is on the nonfootball injury list. Plus, tight end Andrew Quarless remains absent due to a personal matter.
Pro Bowl left guard Josh Sitton took limited reps in team periods. McCarthy said he’s being smart with the eight-year pro. In his place, Lane Taylor, Josh Walker and J.C. Tretter rotated with the No. 1 offense.
“Josh Sitton has played a lot of football here,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s smart to give younger players an opportunity. Really the stress is on the younger players getting enough reps. I’ve never really had an issue or was challenged getting the veterans enough reps.”
After two relatively low-key days, the pads will go on and the intensity will rise on Saturday morning. McCarthy will address player safety in hopes of avoiding any “totally unnecessary” injuries but understands the risks that are necessary to pick the roster, settle the depth chart and get his team ready for the season.
“I think players work differently in pads, they play different,” McCarthy said. “It’s definitely a turning point in the training path, no doubt about it. I mean padded practices are the closest you can get to an actual game.”
Defensive tackle Mike Daniels has been looking forward to this moment for months.
"The tone is going to be great," Daniels said. "I feel as though it’s going to be great. The energy is going to be great. Even if somebody is not ready to go, the guy across from him will be ready to go and that will wake them up. You’ll have no choice but to be excited because everybody around you is going to be excited."
Linebacker Clay Matthews expected an intense practice -- though it might not be pretty.
"I think we’ll be excited," he said. "I always find it as kind of a sloppy day when you throw pads back on after six months off. You can take a lot away from it, but you obviously can improve upon it. There will be a bunch of big hits. I’m sure there will be a couple of fights, but it will be a good step in the right direction for this team."
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