Jamal Reynolds was in line to play in Green Bay's last two games because of an injury to Kenny Peterson, but the defensive end was not part of the Packers' game day roster for the sixth straight game. Unless injuries force other defensive linemen in front of him out of action, Reynolds probably will never play again for the Packers. Green Bay's No. 1 pick and the 10th overall selection of the 2001 NFL draft, Reynolds has just four tackles and two special teams tackles and no sacks in five games that he has suited up this season. He had a total of 13 tackles in 13 games and three sacks over the previous two seasons.
With Peterson on the mend from a sprained knee that he suffered Nov. 23 against San Francisco and expected to return this Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, Reynolds could be watching the game in street clothes along the sideline again.
"You know it's frustrating," Reynolds told the Green Bay News-Chronicle. "I just have to wait my turn, and when it happens, it will."
Packers coach and general manager Mike Sherman has never said that he is giving up on Reynolds, but he hasn't found a good enough reason from watching Reynolds in practice to activate him.
"Obviously he hasn't been on the field and contributing the way it was expected he would," Sherman said. "When you take someone in the 10th pick, you certainly expect an impact player. That hasn't happened, truthfully. I don't need to tell you guys that, or him that.
"He has worked hard in practice. His work habits this off-season were very good. He came into camp in shape, bigger and stronger. He's doing what he can do to help the situation improve, but it hasn't been enough yet to get him on the field."
The Packers gave Reynolds a five-year deal worth $9.5 million July 25, 2001, including $4 million signing bonus. He has been hampered by injuries, but has not been successful, when given an opportunity, to get around much larger NFL offensive tackles.
Many feel that the Packers will cut their losses and part with Reynolds next off-season.