He isn’t back on the football field yet, but Jared Abbrederis finally appears to be getting close to that again.
The Green Bay Packers second-year receiver suffered a concussion on the first day of training camp after missing all of the 2014 season with a torn ACL. That’s a long time to be out with a concussion. And we’ve surmised that Abbrederis’ seemingly constant lack of health could land him a spot on the waiver wire.
But the Packers are suddenly thin at receiver with Jordy Nelson’s season-ending injury, so maybe Abbrederis still has a shot. If he can ever get back on the field…
Packers coach Mike McCarthy suggested that might happen soon, on Wednesday.
“Feel like he’s making more steps,” McCarthy said. “It’s part of the rehab (physical activity). It’s part of the protocol. There’s different steps. That’s one of them.”
Physical activity is the last step in the league’s concussion protocol before a player is allowed to return to practice. It isn’t the final step, however. That’s defined as a gradual return to practice and play. Essentially, practice, but not full-contact.
So if Abbrederis is able to run around without falling down or forgetting where he is, then we should see him on the practice field soon. Possibly even this week.
And if he wants to make the roster, the sooner the better.