Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless, who has been on injured reserve/designated for return since sustaining a knee injury vs. Kansas City in Week 3, is eligible to start practicing this week.
“We’ve been on track for the past couple weeks,” Quarless said on Monday. “I feel good. I don’t want to say I am going to start (practicing this week), but I feel pretty good about it. I’ll probably talk to the Doc tomorrow or Wednesday and he’ll make that call.”
If all goes well, Quarless could make his season debut on Thanksgiving night against Chicago.
He has been missed. In his absence, second-year player Richard Rodgers has played about 80 percent of the reps.
While he scored two touchdowns vs. Carolina, his strong training camp and preseason hasn’t translated into a big season. Through eight games, he ranks 18th among tight ends with 28 receptions and 24th with 224 receiving yards.
Quarless never has been a star but at least he’d take some of the pressure off of Rodgers. Plus, he’d give coach Mike McCarthy and the rest of the offensive coaching staff the flexibility to run more two-tight end sets.
“I was thinking back to when I was here with J-Mike (Jermichael Finley),” Quarless said. “To have two solid tight ends is a good thing. We kind of built on that last year. We just have to finish strong. When I get back out there, I’m going to continue to work with him and help him any way I can.”
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