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Zombo inches closer to return

Sep 29, 2011 -- 4:05pm

GREEN BAY – Frank Zombo is getting closer.

The Green Bay Packers second-year linebacker said that he had an x-ray of his fractured shoulder blade scheduled for 3:30 Thursday afternoon and, if it checked out, he hoped to be back practicing next week.

“I feel 100 percent, I feel great, and so basically once they take a look at that, they’ll determine when I can get back,” said Zombo, who cracked his shoulder blade during pregame warmups before the team’s Aug. 19 preseason game against Arizona at Lambeau Field and has been out ever since. “I’ve been doing everything. Benching, running, working out, basically I haven’t felt any pain in two weeks, and I’ve been doing everything. Except practice.”

Zombo said he’s also been doing football drills inside the Don Hutson Center while his teammates practice but “it’s hard to completely simulate contact on the field, stuff like that.”

While the physical pain has subsided, Zombo said what’s really hurt has been watching from the sideline.

“It’s tough. It’s real tough. Just watching film and not being out there, being at the games and not being a part of it, it’s rough,” said Zombo, who missed the final three regular season and first three postseason games last year with a knee injury before reclaiming his starting job in Super Bowl XLV. “I’m just getting sick of these six-week injuries, whatever I keep getting. But I’m excited to get back out there, whether it’s practice for the first couple weeks or whatever. I don’t know what my role is going to be when I get back, but I’m excited for whatever it is and just to get back on the field with the guys.”

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