The one Green Bay Packers player we don’t expect to come off the physically unable to perform list anytime soon is receiver Ty Montgomery.
Montgomery injured his ankle last October. That injury cost him all but six games of his rookie season. Predictably, when the Packers opened camp, Montgomery was one of six players put on the PUP list.
We’ve opined that that’s where he may start the regular season as well. If that is the case, Montgomery would have to sit out at least the first six games.
That seems completely absurd for an ankle sprain, which is what Montgomery’s injury was.
However, the injury did require surgery. That surgery didn’t happen until December because the Packers erroneously assumed it would heal on its own.
Montgomery is tired of hearing people ask when he’s going to be back on the field. Probably much the same way we’re tired of hearing that Ty Montgomery is still injured.
As such, he offered up several details about the severity of the injury this week.
Montgomery said his surgery contained three parts: tight ropes inserted into his ligaments to hold them in place, a cartilage repair and — perhaps most serious — a microfracture procedure on his talus (a bone between the heel and fibula and tibia).
“I think there’s a stigma with a sprain,” Montgomery said. “But what I think a lot of people don’t understand is sprain means partial tear. And people forget I had the surgery in December.”
Nothing against Ty Montgomery, but we don’t really care at this point.
We expect nothing from Montgomery this season. If he does happen to get healthy at some point, gets back into football shape and is able to contribute, that’s just gravy.
As long as Jordy Nelson gets healthy and returns to somewhere near his old form, the Packers don’t need Montgomery. They have five other guys who appear more than capable — Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jared Abbrederis, Jeff Janis and Trevor Davis.
Additionally, considering Cobb, Abbrederis and Davis are likely to spend most of their time in the slot, that doesn’t leave many snaps for the guy who’s always injured.
Unless someone breaks (Abbrederis) or Davis just isn’t ready, when Montgomery returns is of zero consequence to anyone not named Ty Montgomery.