GREEN BAY – It seems so long ago now. As he left MetLife Stadium on the team bus en route to the airport, Andrew Quarless opened up YouTube on his iPhone, and there it was – his gruesome, season-ending knee injury, already uploaded for the world to see.
“It looked bad. It looked just like it felt,” the Green Bay Packers tight end said Tuesday after sitting out yet another organized team activity practice. “I’m leaving from the stadium, going to the plane, and I’m watching it on YouTube.”
That was on Dec. 4, when Quarless’ right knee bent awkwardly as he covered a kickoff with just over 3 minutes left in the Packers’ regular-season victory over the New York Giants. While Quarless had just three catches for 36 yards at the time of his injury, he had become a key part of the team’s two- and three-tight end sets and had become a blocker on par with fellow tight end Tom Crabtree.
As it turned out, Quarless suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn medial collateral ligament, as well as other damage – “I know it was the ACL and the MCL, I’m not sure about what else,” he said Tuesday – on the play and underwent reconstructive surgery on Jan. 9.
That timeline would seem to mean Quarless won’t be ready when training camp kicks off July 26, and while he acknowledged that possibility, he also said he hasn’t given up hope yet.
“I’m not really worried about it. I’m just listening to what the doctor is telling me,” Quarless said. “I don’t necessarily think I will be ready by the start of training camp, but it’s the doc’s call. I’m just doing what they say. The way it’s feeling right now, it’s feeling pretty good. We’ll see. We’re trying to do it the right way. If I’m feeling good by training camp, I’ll be in there.
“I don’t like to look back. To me, it is what it is. These things happen in a career. It’s all about coming back stronger. That’s where my head is at right now. I’m excited.”
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