Green Bay Packers tight end Spencer Havner, who is recovering from a broken bone in his shoulder suffered in a reported drunk driving incident, has signed his tender and joined the Packers offseason conditioning program.
Havner, who caught four touchdowns in 2009, was an exclusive rights free agent.
Although Havner won’t be able to do much until his shoulder heals fully, the Packers expect him to ready for OTAs in June. The drunken incident in question happened in mid March. Havner crashed his motorcycle in a Nevada County, Calif. cul de sac and was admitted to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Police were contacted, but no charges have been filed.
Packers’ GM Ted Thompson says Havner, who is a converted linebacker, remains in the team’s plans despite the incident.
Last week, coach Mike McCarthy guessed Havner would require four-to-six weeks to heal fully.
“Without our doctors being able to lay their hands on him, I would just guess,” McCarthy said last week regarding Havner’s timetable for a return. “But based on my conversation with him, (he’ll be sidelined) four to six weeks.”
Havner came on in 2009 and became a valuable goal line option for Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers after spending two seasons on the practice squad. Havner rounds out a Packers’ tight ends group that also includes Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee.