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2013 outlook for Jerel Worthy murky after knee reconstruction

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When Packers defensive end Jerel Worthy was shut down because of a knee injury at the end of the regular season, the diagnosis was that he had a bone bruise.

It turned out to be a more serious injury. Worthy tore his ACL and had reconstructive surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida last week. Worthy was injured in the fourth quarter of Week 17, timing that could wind up seriously impacting his chances of being ready for the 2013 season.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gives Worthy “long odds” of playing next season as a result of the surgery. While Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was able to make a quick return to the field this season, he remains an exception to the normally long rehabilitation process that players face after tearing their ACLs. At the very least, starting the year on the PUP list seems like a real possibility for Worthy so the Packers will likely have to make offseason plans as if he won’t be in the picture.

Worthy, the 51st overall pick in the 2012 draft, finished his rookie year with 2.5 sacks in 443 snaps as part of Green Bay’s rotation on the defensive line.

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17 Responses to “2013 outlook for Jerel Worthy murky after knee reconstruction”
  1. dragonfly99 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:11 AM

    Why do the Packers have so many injuries year after year?

  2. pettytom says: Jan 26, 2013 10:22 AM

    So you’re trying to tell all of us the GB D had 443 sacks???? Ha ok! FAIL!

  3. ashevillechief says: Jan 26, 2013 10:23 AM

    Please mention the OTHER ACL guy that is a Pro Bowlee. Jamal Charles had the best year of his career (1,500+ yds & multiple 200 yd games).

  4. jaygarey77 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:54 AM

    Pretty sure he meant 443 snaps

  5. weaselpuppy says: Jan 26, 2013 11:12 AM

    The Lions played TWENTY TWO different DBs last year….not to mention losing the #2,3,4 and 5 WR…cry to us about injuries, packfans….

  6. eatitfanboy says: Jan 26, 2013 11:16 AM

    ACL tear diagnosed as a bone bruise?

    That some top flight medical staff you’ve got there, Pack.

  7. johnnyb216 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:31 AM

    Heads seriously need to roll on green bays medical staff/strength and conditioning staff

  8. azpackerbacker says: Jan 26, 2013 12:23 PM

    Been saying it for the past few years now and it’s time people really pay attention to it. Strength and cond coach Mark Lovat, his asst Thadeus Jackson, trainer Pepper Burrus and team dr. Pat McKenzie should all be shown the door before any coaching or personnel decisions are made. The rash of injuries this team has sustained over the past few years would be absolutely unacceptable to each of he other 31 franchises in this league.

  9. dd393 says: Jan 26, 2013 1:39 PM

    Jerel Worthy diagnosed himself with a bone bruise. After the swelling went down, the doctors properly diagnosed the ACL tear.

  10. drillbit19k says: Jan 26, 2013 2:21 PM

    “The Lions played TWENTY TWO different DBs last year….not to mention losing the #2,3,4 and 5 WR…cry to us about injuries, packfans….”

    Not crying, the two years we were hardest hit by injuries (2010,12) we managed two playoff berths and one SB victory. The difference between the teams is that the packers showed some resilience and overcame them. The lions, not so much.

  11. knickstape84 says: Jan 26, 2013 3:51 PM

    Didn’t Charles tear his ACL like a month before AP…. He was expected to be back at the start of the season… AP wasn’t realisticly should have been back like week 10…

  12. saxmachine69 says: Jan 26, 2013 4:12 PM

    Didn’t Charles tear his ACL like a month before AP…. He was expected to be back at the start of the season… AP wasn’t realisticly should have been back like week 10…

    quality math here

  13. deltaoracle says: Jan 26, 2013 4:44 PM

    His situation was murky before the injury as well. He has a quick first step and not much else.

  14. axespray says: Jan 26, 2013 6:29 PM

    …. his situation was murky before the injury?
    lol – he’s a rookie 3-4 DE…. he showed more promise his first year than most rookie 3-4 DEs…
    (Brett Kiesel for example didn’t exactly shine until his 4th year.)
    Jerol did better against the run than we expected – wasn’t as much of a consistent pass rusher that we were hoping for… but still – He’s a rookie.

  15. cfballfan1 says: Jan 27, 2013 12:02 AM

    Worthy Will come back like a true Spartan warrior.

    Go Green!

  16. houndog50 says: Jan 27, 2013 10:34 AM

    weaselpuppy says: Jan 26, 2013 11:12 AM

    The Lions played TWENTY TWO different DBs last year….not to mention losing the #2,3,4 and 5 WR…cry to us about injuries, packfans….
    ****************************************
    The difference is that 95% of Detroit’s first stringers wouldn’t be able to make the Practice Squad on most other teams! And Titus Young, Injured? Yeah right! Young has the same the same injury Schwartz does, a serious brain injury!

  17. purpleguy says: Jan 27, 2013 2:55 PM

    When he went out in that Vikings game it looked a lot worse than a bone bruise.

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