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Zombo, Quarless practice for first time

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 17, 2012 – 12:15 pm

LB Frank Zombo and TE Andrew Quarless came off the physically unable to perform list and practiced on Wednesday for the first time this season.

That begins a three-week window during which they can practice without counting on the 53-man active roster. By the end of the next three weeks, the Packers will have to decide whether to activate them to the 53, release them, or put them on injured reserve.

The other player on PUP, T Derek Sherrod, is still not practicing.

Also sitting out Wednesday’s workout during the portion open to the media were CB Sam Shields (shin), LB Nick Perry (knee), WR Greg Jennings (groin) and DL B.J. Raji (ankle). Shields and Perry were hurt during Sunday’s game in Houston, while Jennings and Raji both missed that game.

Meanwhile, S Sean Richardson (hamstring) returned to practice after being out for several weeks.

Update: After practice, Mike McCarthy said Zombo and Quarless would work primarily on the “look” or scout teams in practice this week and then possibly move into special teams work as time goes on.

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12 Responses to “Zombo, Quarless practice for first time”

  1. By Dan on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I have big questions as to Derek Sherrod. They must see something in his ability but I didn’t prior to his injury last year. He was repeatedly beaten. I know it was a severe injury and understand that it could take considerable time to return. I would have thought though that he should at least be able to practice by now. I’m sure coaching staff must see something to keep him when they have such a lackluster of an offensive line. I think they really need to look for more talent in the next draft and free agency. Why would you let a good center go in free agency when you can afford to keep him and get a guy that is so old to replace him? I really questioned that.

  2. By Lombardi on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sherrod has not had an off season in his first two years. Lock out last season and injury this year. He can be a good tackle. Sherrod has quick feet, great natural size and is smart. However, he desperately needs an off season. His pad level is naturally high from his size. He is a kid that likes to practice but not train. He has a ton of potential if he can get healthy, if they can get him to stay in the weight room, and iron out some technique things.

    The off season work is imperative to young guys, it’s where you grow and is a direct reflection of how you will do in the regular season.

  3. By chase on Oct 17, 2012 | Reply

    I really think that pack should’nt throw out quarless. Although I don’t mind if push out zombo.

  4. By Dave D on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Quarless maybe the starting TE next year.
    Finley just never seems to get it all together
    We keep hearing about potential but he still underachieves on the field.

    Quarless may perform just as well if not better and is a lot less expensive as the packers may let finley go so they can pay Rodgers, Matthews and Jennings next year.

  5. By Rod on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Why pay Jennings megabucks next year? They are loaded at WR….Nelson and either Cobb or Jones are great starters, plus they’d have Boykin and that guy Borel on the practice squad that they are so high on. I’d rather pay for Finley…he drops some passes, but so does Jennings, and I prefer a security blanket for Rodgers in the short passing game.

  6. By Charlie Collier on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    great to hear that zombo and quarless are back at practice. enjoy watching the both of them. frank can eventually give our defense some looks opposing teams havent got to see yet as well as quarless on the other side of the ball. packs gonna be a real tough out this year in the playoffs. go to work guys

  7. By northerner on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I know it is impossible to avoid injury in high contact sports. But the number of Packers getting hurt each game sure makes you wonder what the conditioning coaches are providing.

  8. By IowaPackFan on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Quarless has potential. He was a little raw in 2010, but made big strides in his all around game last season before going down. He made some big time catches, and was very good in blocking. In fact, I remember one play in particular that Jermichael would never be able to pull off. He came off the line, absolutely pancaked Jared Allen, and then ran a 15 yard route and made a beautiful catch for a first down. Quarless just has a better overall game than Finley. He’s at worst on par with Finley in term’s of his hands, but much better with blocking both pass protection and downfield.

  9. By Jordan on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I would love to see Quarless back in action again. I really admired his blocking ability and maybe, just maybe, he could be that security blanket for Rodgers in tough down situations. I think he has great potential.

  10. By Chase on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t wait for three weeks to pass. Then Quarless should be in on the 53 man roster and seeing some action. That would be great if he could get better sooner. The sooner the better

  11. By Chase on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Of corse you need a three weak window though. DA

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