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Report: Packers Rookie WR Jared Abbrederis Suffers Torn ACL

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Report: Packers Rookie WR Jared Abbrederis Suffers Torn ACL

Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis by Brian Carriveau of CheeseheadTV.com.

Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis by Brian Carriveau of CheeseheadTV.com.

While the organization has yet to comment on the matter or make anything official, the initial report out of Green Bay is that rookie wide receiver Jared Abbrederis has suffered a torn ACL.

From Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The Green Bay Packers were hoping for the best but fearing the worst Friday on knee damage suffered by wide receiver Jared Abbrederis of Wisconsin Thursday in practice.

A source told the Journal Sentinel that the diagnosis of the team's medical staff early Friday morning was a torn anterior cruciate ligament. The team was awaiting results of more diagnostic tests to confirm their original finding.

Head coach Mike McCarthy acknowledged Abbrederis had a knee injury but refused to speculate on the severity of his injury, saying he had yet to meet with the medical staff. The wide receiver was observed wearing a sleeve on his right knee at practice.

Abbrederis was a fifth round draft choice of the Packers out of the in-state University of Wisconsin, making him a fan favorite in his still-early career.

Draft choices of the Green Bay Packers have not fared well from a health standpoint early in camp. Fellow wide receiver Jeff Janis has still not practiced, reportedly with a case of Shingles, while fellow fifth round draft choice Corey Linsley missed practice on Friday with a shoulder injury.

Abbrederis was one of three wide receivers taken by the Packers in the NFL Draft, making for a talented and crowed position.

Behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin and Davante Adams—who are generally considered locks for four roster spots—Abbrederis was engaged in a battle with several wide receivers for the last couple spots on the roster.

The Packers were also looking at Abbrederis as a potential return specialist but may have to rely on the likes of Cobb, Micah Hyde, DuJuan Harris and others, if fears of his initial diagnosis are confirmed.

One concern regarding Abbrederis that may linger is his durability.

Abbrederis must contend with a slight—6' 1", 195-pound—frame, and as McGinn alludes to in his report, multiple NFL personnel types claim Abbrederis sustained three or four concussions in college while the wide receiver contends he only had one.

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JimTaylor31's picture

I look at Abby's build and he looks like an injury waiting to happen. My guess is he wouldn't have seen much action this year anyway. if he can gain about 15-20 lbs. of muscle and rehab the knee then he may be able to contribute next year.

L's picture

I believe the ACL injury has been confirmed.

Silver Lining:

At least the season ending injury occurred to someone considered on the bubble and not a "for sure" starter, at a position of strength and depth, plus to someone who can truly use the recovery time to gain added strength.

Overall, I believe Jared Abbrederis will bounce back from this injury and will be a serious factor at receiver depth next year.

LAS VEGAS-TOM's picture

I was afraid this would happen. I was hoping he could contribute this year. Hopefully next year. I think he is a Good Receiver, but too frail for over the middle. I hope he bulks up & comes back. I'm a JB fan.

Idiot Fan's picture

I got a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct on the live blog for saying something like this earlier today, so I'll try to pick my words more carefully this time.

Regarding REAL LIFE, this really sucks for Abby, and I feel bad for him. I do hope for and expect good things from him in green and gold in the future.

Regarding solely Packer football and silver linings, I don't mind having him redshirt his first year, giving him time to grow. Meanwhile, we may get to see what, say, White or Dorsey can do.

bigfog's picture

Not to minimize this injury for him, but this team is pretty deep at receiver right now and honestly, who knows how it may have shaken out for him in terms of making the team. At least he can be stashed on the IR and then the team has a bit of an easier time deciding who stays and who goes for receiver.

JimTaylor31's picture

Actually I'm more concerned about the injury (shoulder) to Linsley. Hopefully that one isn't serious as he has been looking pretty good and is actually competing for some substantial playing time and maybe contribute this season.

Clay Zombo's picture

That sucks.

Well for those people who thought he needed a year on the practice squad to bulk up or whatever, they got their wish. At least this way we won't have to expose him to waivers to stash him for the year.

Be interesting to see if they still decide to keep 6 WRs now or if that spot can go to one of the other positions we have good depth at like OLB, CB, OL or RB.

Big Moe's picture

Arrrrgggggg!!!!!!!! as a Wisky homer I'm sad for Jared seems like he had a possibility to contribute this season, as a Packer fan I'm hoping that the year on Ir will help him develop physically knowing that we're loaded at WR right now.

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