GREEN BAY — Packers LB Sam Barrington, who went on injured reserve in Week 1 of 2015, was voted by his teammates as the Packers’ Ed Block Courage Award winner for last season.
The award is given annually to a player from each National Football League team who displays extraordinary courage in the face of adversity and is also a community role model. It is named for Ed Block, longtime former head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who earned a Purple Heart under General George Patton in World War II.
All of the league’s 32 recipients received their awards this past weekend at the 38th annual awards presentation in Baltimore.
Barrington began the season as a starting inside linebacker but injured his ankle in the first quarter of the regular-season opener in Chicago. He was placed on IR and missed the rest of the season. He stayed in Green Bay to do his rehab and was with the team throughout the season, attending team and position meetings regularly, according to Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
McCarthy said at last month’s scouting combine that Barrington was on track with his rehab, though he didn’t give a timetable for his return. Players report for voluntary offseason workouts on April 18.
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