GREEN BAY – Andrew Quarless, Derek Sherrod and John Kuhn will have some company on the Ray Nitschke Field sideline when the Green Bay Packers kick off training camp on Thursday morning.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy listed those three players as either having failed their physicals or about to fail them on Wednesday morning, and according to NFL reporter Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio, linebacker Frank Zombo, guard Jaymes Brooks and defensive end Johnny Jones also failed their physicals and will start camp on the active/physically unable to perform list.
In addition, starting inside linebacker Desmond Bishop also failed his physical, but he was placed on the active/non-football injury list.
All seven players still count against the 90-man roster limit but won’t practice until they’ve passed their physicals. Any player who doesn’t practice at all during camp – Quarless, for instance, who isn’t expected to be ready to play until after the regular season begins – is eligible for the in-season PUP list, which would sideline him and keep him out of practice until after Week 6.
The fact that Zombo, Brooks and Jones flunked their physicals was not a huge surprise, since all three players sat out the team’s organized team activity practices and minicamp practices with injuries. The news of Bishop’s inclusion on the list, however, was surprising.
It’s significant that Bishop was placed on the non-football injury list and not PUP, because that would indicate that he suffered his injury at some point when he was not participating in a Packers-related activity such as a game, offseason strength and conditioning program, OTAs or minicamp. Because Bishop was practicing during the mandatory minicamp in June, it’s safe to assume his injury occurred during the time between the minicamp and Wednesday’s physicals.
McCarthy is sure to be asked about Bishop’s status after Thursday morning’s practice. Bishop missed three games last season with a calf injury.
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