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Jerel Worthy May Not Return in 2013

Jerel Worthy

The Green Bay Packers had high hopes for defensive tackle Jerel Worthy when they drafted him in the second round in 2012. We all did.

He was slow to live up to those expectations during his rookie campaign and now it looks like we may have to wait another full season for Worthy to even get back on the field.

Worthy suffered a knee injury in week 17. That injury was first described as a deep bruise, but true to form for the Packers this season it was actually much worse. Worthy tore his ACL and he had surgery on Jan. 15.

That leaves his return for 2013 in serious jeopardy.

If you’re looking for a realistic comparison, it’s probably tight end Andrew Quarless. He underwent ACL surgery last January and didn’t play at all in 2012.

Of course, everyone wants to look to Adrian Peterson. Peterson tore his ACL in December of 2011 and returned for the Vikings’ 2012 opener (and rushed for 2,000-plus yards). Peterson doesn’t weigh 300 pounds though and his recovery time is certainly the exception, not the rule.

The most likely scenario is Worthy will start the season on the physically unable to perform list, which means he’ll be out at least the first six weeks of the season.

So, that being said, he’s the list of injuries the Packers medical staff boned this season. We’re listing Davon House because he played all season with an injury he actually needed surgery on.

Player Initial Diagnosis Actual Injury Result
Davon House separated shoulder separated shoulder postseason surgery
Greg Jennings hamstring abdominal tear in-season surgery
Nick Perry knee knee and wrist surgery, injured reserve
Sam Shields shin ankle return to lineup delayed
Jerel Worthy knee bruise torn ACL postseason surgery
Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. packers5 January 26, 2013

    Better load up on defensive linemen,because you do not have any now.Where did the Medical Staff get their degree at. On line or out of a cracker-jack box? But do not worry TT and MM will keep everyone and the coaches. Do not want to upset anyones family and have them look for any other jobs. Need one bad season to get rid of the want-a-be coaches and get some NFL coaches.

    1. Phatgzus January 26, 2013

      A lot of good big DTs in this years draft, at least 4 first-rounders.

    2. Vijay January 27, 2013

      Our coaching hires are probably the best thing that Ted’s done except for drafting A Rod, Clay and acquiring Wood. They coach up avg players and street FAs very well. Our losing has to do with the talent we choose to put on the field. If you don’t see that…then you’ve got the blinders on and are not watching the playoffs very intently. Sigh, I want a dominant D…like we had in the 90s. Wishful thinking…

  2. E. Wolf January 26, 2013

    The evidence is really piling up re the physical trainers and staff at GB. We really need to overhaul that. Lightning does not normally strike the same place over and over and over. …

  3. Iltarion January 26, 2013

    I may pretend to be many things on the internet- a GM, coach, french swimsuit model- but I will not pretend to be a doctor.

    I agree that the PUP is the likely result though. Frankly, Mike Daniels showed more this season, and he’ll obviously have his chance next season.

  4. SoTxPhil January 26, 2013

    What I want to know is WHY the Packers suffer so many hamstring, shoulder, and ankle injuries??? I realize knee injuries can happen at any time to anyone. Maybe it’s their training staff or strength staff????

    1. E. Wolf January 27, 2013

      There is something afoot with this. It just happens far too much-we were first in the league, or last perhaps is a better way to put it.

  5. mxz600 January 27, 2013

    TT had some great picks in the Draft, Rodgers, Clay, Jordy, and Raji, when he plays like he use too. (It should be noted all those players were 2009 or earlier). TT has also had his share of 1st and 2nd round duds. Harrell, Sherrod, Neal, Brohm, Pat Lee, Brandon Jackson, With the Jury out on Worthy, and Nick Perry, But both raise serious question marks. The 2010 draft was just horrible with the exception of Bulaga, a solid player, but not Pro Bowl material. The 2011 draft wasn’t much better, but it got us Randall Cobb, i do like Davon House, but he just cant stay healthy. In 2012 TT went all in on defense. So far, the one bright spot is his 3rd pick Casey Hayward………I know you cant find gold all the time….But, TT hasnt struck gold since Clay in 2009. When, if Haward, Cobb go to the Pro Bowl, i’ll consider that gold.

    1. Iltarion January 27, 2013

      Yeah, because the Pro Bowl is the ultimate litmus test (see Jeff Saturday). Another good call.

      I do agree with the TT haters, however, in saying that he NEEDS to find some big time players in this draft.

      Our last 3 #1 picks were all on the IR this season. We need a #1 who is actually going to stay healthy and produce on the field. If the recent trend continues, decline for this team is inevitable and TT and MM will eventually be shown the door.

      1. Vijay January 27, 2013

        I want to “like” this but I’m not on Facebook…Monty, how about adding a thumbs up, thumbs down feature on comments??

        1. Phatgzus January 28, 2013

          I give this a thumbs up.

          1. Iltarion January 28, 2013

            You too, tubby.

        2. Iltarion January 28, 2013

          I like you so much Vijay. Now, just be gentle with my balls.

    2. Phatgzus January 28, 2013

      Sherrod isn’t exactly a bust, if he never recovers, he will be; however he deserves at least 2-3 more years before judgment should be passed, imho.

    3. Packer Bob January 28, 2013

      “TT has also had his share of 1st and 2nd round duds.”

      I must have missed the memo where is says that General Managers are required to hit on every single draft pick.

      “I know you cant find gold all the time….But, TT hasnt struck gold since Clay in 2009.”

      What does this even mean? Are you questioning Thompson’s drafting ability? Are other teams “striking gold” year after year?

      McCarthy, Thompson, and Rodgers (also a TT pick and probably the of the best draft picks of all time, but I digress..) have this team position to be perennial Superbowl contender for the next several years.

      Yet, all I hear is whining…

      Ask the Detroit Lions how they’d feel to be in our position. They’ve never even been to a Superbowl and they’ve had probably one playoff appearance in the last 10 years.

      This is the complacency that Bob McGinn what referring to when he called out Packer fans. We’ve become so accustomed to winning that when we don’t we assume it’s because of “buffoons” like McCarthy, Thompson, the medical staff, , etc.

      Do Patriot fans shit all over Belichick when they lose in the playoffs? I certainly don’t hear anyone screaming for John Fox’s head after losing to the Ravens in their first playoff game in what was essentially the Year of the Broncos.

      Sorry, I’m just sick and tired or reading these comments. I’ve said my piece and that’s the last you’ll hear from me on the subject.

  6. mxz600 January 28, 2013

    That nice phatgzus……But to me…..If a 1st round pick like Sherrod, cant beat out a slow footed back up like Marshall Newhouse when he was healthy. That aint a good sign brother!!!!…I’ll call it what it is…A bust.

  7. mxz600 January 28, 2013

    Sorry “Packer Bob”..Didnt mean to hurt your feelings…Some of us have opinions, beside’s saying “Go Pack Go”. We actually think for ourselves. If your sick of reading some comments, you may want to just skip over them in the future…..I’d argue that a fan that has the wisdom to critique his team, is a far better fan than those who just think no one can have an opinion, and they should shut up if they aren’t saying something positive all the time…..Enjoy your time in Fantasy land “Puppet Bob” but some of us are Green Bay Packer fans that want to see the team succeed and may have opinions we discuss, to that end.