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Derek Sherrod’s family sheds light on his long recovery

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The Packers haven’t had much to say about the status of 2011 first-round pick Derek Sherrod since putting him on the PUP list at the start of camp, but the tackle’s family is filling in some blanks to help explain why Sherrod remains off the field since breaking his leg in December 2011.

Sherrod broke both the tibia and fibula in his right leg and had surgery to repair the injury a short time later. He was on the PUP list through last year’s camp and into the regular season before a brief return to practice showed he wasn’t ready to return. His father, Louis Sherrod, explained that his son’s leg couldn’t bear weight and MRIs revealed an ankle problem that required further surgery this year.

“It was just complications from the way that the surgery was performed,” said Dezmond Sherrod, Derek’s older brother, via Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “They affected other mechanisms within the leg. The tibia and fibula were broken the first time, but that affects how your knee and ankle interact. When you have something off in one area, it can affect other areas. After you have surgery, only time will tell how things work out. It wasn’t until he was ready to go back on the field and starting running and doing things, putting more pressure and body weight on it … that’s when he noticed things weren’t where they should be as far as the timetable when to get back on the field.”

The Sherrods have no ill will toward the original surgeons, explaining that complications arise from emergency surgery and that they were happy doctors operated as promptly as they did. Louis Sherrod thinks his son is a few weeks away from getting on the field, which suggests that he’ll miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season on the PUP list while he works his way back into playing shape.

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  1. jrmbadger says: Aug 23, 2013 10:14 AM

    Sherrod could probably step in today and start at LT for the Vikings and the turnstyles they have on their offensive line.

    See the Buffalo game.

  2. footballradioshow says: Aug 23, 2013 10:15 AM

    That is such a gnarly injury, ever getting back in the field after something like that is a complete bonus

  3. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 23, 2013 10:16 AM

    It will be nice to have him back for our playoff run.

  4. muskyhunter2542 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:29 AM

    Get healthy big guy!!!!

  5. standardvikingtroll says: Aug 23, 2013 10:29 AM

    Overheard from Minnesota:

    -Can he play defense?

    -Still better than any healthy lineman!

    -SKOAL!

  6. taskforcefreddy says: Aug 23, 2013 10:29 AM

    Saw him in shorts the other day and the muscle mass in his right leg is about 20% less than that of his left leg. Once he’s able to practice and put weight on this leg, it will take months to get it back to the level needed to perform as an offensive lineman in the nfl. He will not be on the field this year.

  7. aldante66 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:30 AM

    Understandably he put on a ton of weight not being able to do much with his leg broken. When your ankle and feet can’t support the weight that says a lot.

    I see him being cut. What else can the pack do? A guy as big as him and as out of shape as he is will not be ready for pro football in six weeks. That ain’t realistic. Hell he could start training now and not be ready for next season.

    the Pack were expecting him back mid season last year and he showed up so out of shape they couldn’t use him. His career is done, put a fork in him.

  8. jimmysee says: Aug 23, 2013 10:36 AM

    Injured reserve.

  9. sandblastermoron says: Aug 23, 2013 10:36 AM

    Cut him and move on.

  10. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:40 AM

    Ugh. I feel awful for this guy. Just a freak injury.

  11. emoney826 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:43 AM

    I’m a huge packer fan, but there’s no way he would start over anyone on the Vikings line. I’m just being realistic here, as much as I don’t like the vikings. I didn’t see the game against buffalo, but if its true about what someone said, it must have just been a bad game for their line. I’d probably take the vikings backup over this guy.

  12. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:43 AM

    One of the concerns should be his other leg. It is bearing so much weight that it could get injured as well. His knee cartilage could wear thin. That’s what happened to Terrell Davis. It wasn’t the knee he injured that gave him problems that ended his career, it was th healthy leg that bore the weight of his body, so he only favored that leg, and wore down his knee.

  13. jrmbadger says: Aug 23, 2013 10:52 AM

    emoney826 says: Aug 23, 2013 10:43 AM

    I’m a huge packer fan, but there’s no way he would start over anyone on the Vikings line. I’m just being realistic here, as much as I don’t like the vikings. I didn’t see the game against buffalo, but if its true about what someone said, it must have just been a bad game for their line. I’d probably take the vikings backup over this guy.
    ===========================

    You obviously haven’t read any of unbiasfan’s posts have you? His formula consists of: “Person X could start at LT for the Packers” – where Person X is someone like Vince Young, Joe Webb, etc….

    Its called sarcasm.

  14. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 23, 2013 11:21 AM

    But jrmbadger, it’s one thing to say that Joe Webb could start at LT for the Packers and quite another thing to say a first-round bust who can barely walk could replace Matt Kalil. In the first case, it’s plausible.

  15. gpack22 says: Aug 23, 2013 11:25 AM

    He will mostly start the season on PUP just to give him a chance to maybe contribute the end of the season. Mostly likely end up on IR after his designated PUP time is over. If can’t perform next offseason/training camp he’ll be gone then. Feel bad for him but it’s a business and that’s how it works.

  16. dragonfly99 says: Aug 23, 2013 12:07 PM

    Freak injury. Hopefully everything can be surgically repaired and he will be able to walk and have a normal life, but unfortunately it looks like his days in the NFL are numbered.

  17. jrmbadger says: Aug 23, 2013 12:09 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Aug 23, 2013 11:21 AM
    But jrmbadger, it’s one thing to say that Joe Webb could start at LT for the Packers and quite another thing to say a first-round bust who can barely walk could replace Matt Kalil. In the first case, it’s plausible.
    ========================
    Neither is plausible.

    The only way Webb could play LT would be to exercise your supposed magical powers Rick.

    But I’m really starting to doubt your magical powers though because you still haven’t managed to conjure up a quarterback that can actually complete a pass.

    See, while you unfairly label Sherrod a “bust” because of an injury that he couldn’t have prevented, your own overreach under center has no excuse.

    Ponder = BUST.

  18. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 23, 2013 12:51 PM

    Who was the last Packer first-round draft choice who wasn’t a bust? I guess none of them, because getting injured and never playing apparently doesn’t make you a bust.

  19. axespray says: Aug 23, 2013 1:12 PM

    sandblastermoron says:
    Aug 23, 2013 10:36 AM
    “Cut him and move on.”
    ————————–
    Hey – My dad said the same thing…. about Mike Flanagan back in the mid/late 90s.

    It’s a good thing patience won out thou and we got a pretty good offensive lineman for the early 2000s.

  20. shlort says: Aug 23, 2013 1:26 PM

    If the guy can play ever again it will be a miracle.

    It will sure be interesting if he makes it back and plays at a high level. Then the wait will be worth it.

  21. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 23, 2013 3:59 PM

    Good luck to this young man in his recovery. I’m sure he draws inspiration from being part of the finest team in the NFL.

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