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McCarthy: Sherrod taking 'baby steps'

Nov 16, 2012 -- 2:53pm
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GREEN BAY – Mike McCarthy says he’s not giving up hope that 2011 first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod will be able to play this season, but the Green Bay Packers coach’s tone would certainly indicate that it’s a longshot.

Sherrod suffered a horrific broken leg at Kansas City last Dec. 18 that required immediate emergency surgery. He hasn’t played since.

The Packers opened Sherrod’s practice window on Nov. 7, meaning the team has until Nov. 28 for him to practice before having to decide whether to activate him to the 53-man roster from the physically unable to perform list or place him on season-ending injured reserve. He took part in practice on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week but only did individual drills and was held out of all 11-on-11 work, McCarthy said.

That gives the Packers three more practices to assess Sherrod before having to make a decision on him.

“I don’t want to give up on Derek,” McCarthy said after practice Friday when asked if the team is targeting a 2013 return for Sherrod. “This is his first week back. We’re taking baby steps. I think it’s obvious if you’ve had a chance to watch him work. But I will say this. Just watching him a couple weeks ago and watching him go through the individual, I think he’s made some strides.

“He has that last hurdle he has to get over. This is the kind of drill work that he needs, to be in pads and go through the individual stuff. That’s really the only opportunity that he’ll really have to really cross that threshold. We’ll see what happens.”

Now that he has been activated, the Packers have three weeks to have him practice. At the end of the three-week window, the Packers must decide whether or not to activate him to the 53-man roster, place him on season-ending injured reserve, or release him.

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