GREEN BAY – In the end, Ted Thompson decided to play it safe with Derek Sherrod’s football future.
Thus, the Green Bay Packers general managed put his 2011 first-round draft pick on the physically unable to perform list on the final roster reduction, even though that means Sherrod won’t be able to play or practice for the first six weeks of the regular season.
“It’s a guessing game, but in the end we felt it was best for Derek and best for the Packers long term to give him a bit more time, Thompson said Saturday afternoon.
Sherrod suffered a gruesome broken lower leg during the Packers’ Dec. 18 loss at Kansas City and underwent emergency surgery that night. After missing all of the offseason, Sherrod failed his physical at the start of training camp and never made it onto the practice field.
The Packers chose to keep only seven offensive linemen on the 53-man roster when the final cuts were made Friday, the fewest Thompson has ever kept in eight cutdowns.
Sherrod may be cleared for practice by doctors sooner than he’ll actually be allowed to practice under PUP rules, but Thompson said he made the right call.
“This ensures I don’t get an itchy trigger finger and push him out there too fast, but his rehab is going well,” Thompson said. “He has a great attitude and is working hard, so all those things will stay in place.”
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