Camped out with ... Donnell Washington

Donnell Washington walked off the practice field and wasn't in the mood to talk about his foot injury. The defensive tackle, taken in the third round of the NFL Draft out of Clemson by the Packers this year, was forced to watch another practice and may view the rest of the season from the injured reserve list.<p>

Washington suffered a partially torn plantar fascia on Aug. 6, a day before Green Bay's intrasquad scrimmage. The Packers were hoping that the 6-foot-6, 323-pound Washington would be able to help the team this season on the interior defensive line, but he is helpless right now.

Prior to the injury, Washington was playing behind Cletidus Hunt at the "three-technique" tackle position. But he hasn't practiced since the injury and isn't happy about it. As he walked off the field Monday, he kept his answers to questions to four words or less:

How long will it take before your foot heals?

"I have no idea."

Can you work out now?

"No."

Can you lift weights?

"Yes."

Has this been frustrating for you?

"Yeah."

Not really what you expected?

"Nope."

Do you think you will be placed on injured reserve?

"I have no idea."

What can you do in order for your foot to improve?

"Rehab."

You get the idea. Washington's training camp has left him behind the pack. Like defensive tackle James Lee, who was placed on IR after injuring his back on the first day of training camp last year, Washington probably will spend the season observing rather than playing for the Packers.

"He's going to be a bigger project now because he's not practicing," Reggie McKenzie told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "The practice time that he's missed is invaluable to him. It would have been really nice to see Donnell play so we could get a better feel."

Maybe next year.


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