A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
Don’t write off tackle Derek Sherrod, who has not played or practiced in nearly two years, just yet.
The former first-round draft pick, who broke both of the bones in his lower right leg on Dec. 18, 2011, may be close to a return.
In fact, Packers coach Mike McCarthy believes Sherrod will come off the physically unable to perform list and play at some point this season.
McCarthy said he became convinced of that while watching Sherrod work out late this summer.
“I really felt at the end of training camp, his workouts went to a different level,” McCarthy said. “He’s in excellent shape. He’s obviously a lot stronger than he was this time last year. As I’ve stated, and it’s obvious, that was a very, very serious injury. He needed the extra time. He looks good; he’s champing at the bit.”
Players on PUP are eligible to begin practicing next week. They can begin doing so at any time during the following five weeks.
“Let’s be honest, the biggest hurdle he’ll have to get over next is pads,” McCarthy said. “He needs to get in pads and he needs to get in there. Once he gets over that hurdle I think he’ll be ready to go.”
Our ESPN.com Packers coverage included a look at whether or not rookie running back Johnathan Franklin, who has coughed up the ball in back-to-back games, has a fumbling problem. Our daily injury report detailed a scare for defensive tackle Ryan Pickett, who appears to be OK following a hand injury during Thursday’s practice, and the outlook for running back James Starks’ return. We turned back the clock to 2005, when quarterback Aaron Rodgers saw his first extensive regular-season action as a rookie the last time the Packers played in Baltimore.
Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley and I broke down Sunday’s matchup in Baltimore and made our game predictions in this week's edition of "Double Coverage."
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, columnist Mike Vandermause said the Ravens face a difficult road to defend their Super Bowl title.