Derek Sherrod

It was assumed that tackle Derek Sherrod, who has been on the physically unable to perform list after breaking his leg last December, would get placed on injured reserve and lose the entire season. Instead, the Green Bay Packers have designated Sherrod to return to practice, giving them another three weeks to decide if he’ll play this season or go on injured reserve.

Receiver Diondre Borel wasn’t so lucky. The Packers released the former college quarterback from the practice squad injured list, ending what was once thought to be promising future career.

Borel was a surprise in training camp in 2011 and was expected to compete for a roster spot in 2012. Even though he showed flashes of his promise, Borel was ultimately slowed by injuries and beaten out by undrafted rookie Jarrett Boykin for the sixth receiver spot.

Either Borel began to regress or failed to progress this season and the Packers decided to move on.

Sherrod’s situation makes a little more sense. Bryan Bulaga went down with what could be a rather severe hip injury on Sunday. The Packers are buying some time with Sherrod while they see what happens with Bulaga.

It’s possible Sherrod could be a late-season fill in at one of the tackle spots. The Packers are extremely thin on the offensive line behind their starters and primary backup Evan Dietrich-Smith.