The Green Bay Packers are fearing that rookie wide receiver Jared Abbrederis has suffered a torn ACL, according to the Journal Sentinel.
A fifth round pick out of Wisconsin, Abbrederis injured his knee during practice on Thursday and it is said that the teams worst fears about the knock came true on Friday.
However, Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy did not confirm the diagnosisof the youngster only saying, “I haven’t had time to sit down with the medical staff,” coach Mike McCarthy said about 11 a.m. “Right now, he has a knee. He completed practice yesterday.”
The former Badgers standout jogged from the field to the sideline while wearing a big protective sleeve on his knee, but remained on the sideline for the duration of Friday’s practice.
Abbrederis was already a favourite with the Packers faithful after starring for the in-state Badgers for the past few years. He was in line to be a candidate to return punts as a rookie this year and vie for team in multiple wide receiver sets on offense.
Durability has been a concern for the 6-1, 195-pound receiver dating back to his time in high school when he suffered a broken femur and was reported to have suffered at least three concussions during his college career with Wisconsin and had to leave the Senior Bowl early with a hamstring injury.
A torn ACL would end his rookie season before it has even begun so the Packers will have to adjust through the remainder of the pre-season to find a punt returner and depth at the wide receiver position without the services of Abbrederis.
It hurts even more for the young man as he had been impressing a lot of coaches so far, belying his lowly draft pick.
We'll have to see if he is placed on the waiver list or not as the Packers roster is trimmed in the coming weeks.