Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Barnett proclaimed that he’s 90 percent recovered from surgery to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.
However, there’s a slight catch.
During a Sirius NFL Radio interview, Barnett told Ross Tucker that he expects to be limited at the beginning of training camp.
For Barnett, who tore the ligament in a November loss to the Minnesota Vikings, it’s a case of fairly normal progress from a serious injury.
Barnett is a key component of the Packers’ defense, especially as they transition to a new 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ direction.
The athletic 6’2″, 236-pounder has recorded 658, 11.5 sacks and nine interceptions.
In an unrelated Brett Favre reference, Barnett acknowledged that Favre’s messy divorce from the Packers was a “huge distraction.”
Per Tucker, Barnett said he’s glad that a detrimental, dramatic episode is in the past.