Whitney Mercilus back at practice for Packers

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When Packers pass rusher Whitney Mercilus suffered a torn biceps in November, he was thought to be out for the season. But he may not be.

Mercilus has been designated to return from injured reserve and was back at practice in Green Bay today.

That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s healthy enough to play or will be on the field for the Packers when they host a divisional round game next weekend. But it at least means the Packers think it’s possible he could play at some point in this postseason, and they want to get a look at him on the practice field.

Mercilus suffered the injury in his fourth game with the Packers, who signed him in October after he was released by the Texans.

10 responses to “Whitney Mercilus back at practice for Packers

  1. This is great news! The Packers are getting healthy just in time to bring home the Lombardi.

  2. I don’t think there’s enough time to get in game-shape. Rumblings of Za’Darius coming back, too. Bakhtiari looked good, but gassed. Hopefully, at least, platoon these guys.

  3. One or two pass rushing plays per quarter by Mercilus and Za’Darious might make a big difference for the GB defense. This is why the Bye week could have such an impact.

  4. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    January 13, 2022 at 12:56 pm
    One or two pass rushing plays per quarter by Mercilus and Za’Darious might make a big difference for the GB defense. This is why the Bye week could have such an impact.

    ——
    You nailed it there – both of them should be viewed as rotational pass rushers. I’m thinking a bit more than 8 snaps a game for Za’Darius, but I would say about 20 plays max. That alone is huge, as it keeps Preston Rashan fresh. If he is last years version of himself, and he can take the workload, then bump it up even a bit more, I think GB averaged about 63 defensive plays/game this year, so there are about 126 OLB snaps per game to around, but don’t forget that they can shift Preston and Za’Darius inside on passing downs as well. Either way, amazing news if both these guys can actually go, and be effective!

  5. More fantastic news, and this one was completely surprising.

    Hopefully he’ll be ready to contribute at Sofi.

  6. Never even heard a whisper about this one, what a great surprise.
    Not too sure just how much any of these guys can contribute moving forward after missing so much time, but, right now, anything’s a bonus.
    And with a possible 3 games left to play, any one play can make all the difference.
    Welcome back, Whitney.
    Glad to have you back on board. 😉

  7. He’s a veteran who was just coming on when he got hurt , he would be a welcome addition !

  8. I don’t always watch teams that can rotate 4 excellent pass rushers.

    But when I do, its really enjoyable.

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